Chairman Tim Lee: “It’s going to be a long night”
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
January 28, 2014 08:23 PM | 3569 views | 6 6 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CUMBERLAND — County Chairman Tim Lee and his assistant sat in his truck on I-75 just north of the Chattahoochee River at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Lee and Millie Rogers were at Atlanta’s Ritz-Carlton, where Georgia Trend was holding an awards ceremony, before they left for Marietta at 2 p.m.

He predicted another three hours before they reached their homes.

“I think the snow came in very quickly and more severe than anyone expected, and all of a sudden the entire region got on the roads all at the same time trying to get home, and we can’t handle that kind of volume. Gridlock,” Lee said.

Salt trucks were unable to treat the roads because they were already clogged with traffic.

“Now people are starting to leave them because they’re running out of gas and what not. It’s going to be a long night,” he said.

Lee and county manager David Hankerson were in contact throughout the day.

“Hankerson just told me there is only one school in all of Cobb County high schools that does not have any kids at it still,” Lee said.

Hankerson, public safety director Sam Heaton and Lee will conduct a post evaluation to determine what was done right and what was done wrong during the snow storm.

One thing that wasn’t done, for example, is use the southbound lanes on I-75 for northbound vehicles.

“If we had a major evacuation we would stop people from going into the city and use the southbound lanes to go northbound as well,” he said.

Lee said while residents were calling him to request salt trucks, he hadn’t heard of any fatalities resulting from the storm.

“The good news is that traffic is so jammed up they can’t get going too fast, so there’s a lot fender benders but there’s no injuries,” he said.

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tammyosborne5954
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January 30, 2014
Deal turned back on 400,000 Georgians receiving Medicaid now turned away from our children. This isn't leadership just another fatcat smoking cigars with a devious smile. No good will cone from this Gov. Was Deal born here?
Cobb leader Confused
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January 29, 2014
How are people who need to go southbound supposed to get home if you convert those lanes?
anonymous
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January 29, 2014
Roswell PD did a great job listing closed roads using Facebook and Twitter. It wasn't always up to date but they tried.

The biggest frustration for everyone was not knowing what was going on.

We can do better.
Voter Call to Action
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January 29, 2014
This is the same Government representative who thinks he is competent enough to manage a new stadium deal and all the complexities that that entails. If he and the rest of his colleagues aren't held accountable at election time for this most recent debacle its the citizens of Cobb's own fault.
Yunko
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January 29, 2014
The County Manager and County Commissioner should be held responsible for the failure to keep our roads safe to travel. THEy KNEW the snow was coming and provisions should have been in place for our roads to be salted and sanded very early. The absence of trucks is well noted. The main arteries were not even sanded. It's 3 AM Wednesday and I still have a family member stuck on South Cobb Drive trying to make it home from work in Kennesaw. He left at 1 PM Tuesday. I am worried, very angry, and realize the incompetence of our "leaders."
Wondering why
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January 28, 2014
They didn't close one lane on Barrett and Cobb Parkways so there would be 3 lanes heading toward Acworth to cut down on the mess that's still out there?
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