Sen. Judson Hill: State of Emergency Update – State, Sandy Springs, & Cobb

30
Jan

Sen. Judson Hill: State of Emergency Update – State, Sandy Springs, & Cobb

Your Georgia – State of Emergency – Desk:

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From Senator Judson Hill:

State of Emergency Update

 State Agencies Will Help Motorists Return to Vehicles

In effect: State agencies, to include Georgia State Patrol (GSP), National Guard and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) HEROs will be available to transport motorists to vehicles abandoned on Atlanta interstates during the recent winter storm. Clearing these vehicles expediently is a critical factor in GDOT’s efforts to reopen all lanes to traffic.

Metro Atlanta Interstates

Two staging areas for transport will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30.

  • Drivers who left their vehicles on I-20 and I-285 west should report to the Westlake MARTA station (parking area), 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.
  • Drivers who left their vehicles on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church (parking area), 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.

Once there, drivers will be transported by official personnel in a 4-wheel-drive to their vehicle. There will be fuel available for vehicles that ran out of gas as well as the capability to jump off a dead battery.

GA State Patrol will have a database to help motorists locate their vehicle if it was towed to an impound lot and provide transportation to the facility.

Motorists should bring car keys and driver’s license to Check-In.

Please Note: Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA) encourages all motorists to exercise extreme caution around abandoned vehicles. This is particularly important as lanes become passable and an increasing number of people return to the roadsides to move their cars.

Sandy Springs

The City of Sandy Springs today, January 30th, announced its vehicle recovery plan for motorists who abandoned their cars due to the winter storm.  Motorists are asked to retrieve their vehicles by Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Since Tuesday, Sandy Springs emergency personnel have moved countless vehicles off the roads or into nearby parking lots in attempts to open roadways.  The City had an estimated two dozen cars were towed to A Tow facility located at 11412 North Fulton Industrial Boulevard in Alpharetta @ 770.475.1810. It may save time to call them first to determine if your vehicle is there.

Motorists whose cars were taken at City direction to the A Tow facility will be able to retrieve their vehicles without charge.

Any vehicles remaining abandoned after Sunday will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Overnight, Sandy Springs Police moved abandoned vehicles on

Abernathy Road between GA400 and Peachtree Dunwoody Road to the Perimeter Pointe Shopping Center at 1155 Mt Vernon Hwy (map http://goo.gl/maps/QR8cF) There is no charge for vehicle owners to collect these vehicles as the street conditions improve today. I am told most vehicles were moved to the side of the road as necessary to reopen roads.

To retrieve a vehicle, the car owner will need to have the car’s tag number or vehicle identification number (VIN), proof of ownership, and a driver’s license. Proof of ownership can be a copy of your title or a current tag receipt. The office number for A Tow is 770.475.1810. 

Cobb CountyAll roads are listed as passable; however, like most of today, all roads should be consider hazardous for patches of ice or black ice.  Although Cobb DOT has worked all day [Wed] putting ice & sand on the roads they will continue to refreeze as the temperature drops tonight [Wed].  Folks cankeep an eye on the road conditions by watching live video on the county traffic cameras by going to the following link:

http://portal.cobbcountyga.gov/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=1049

Another way to see a particular intersection camera is to go to the GA Navigator website at: www.511ga.org. When you zoom in on the map you will see the individual cameras & can take a look at the intersection.

Cobb DOT asked everyone to only travel in the AM hours if absolutely necessary due to the roads re-freezing overnight.  Cobb DOT will continue to monitor & treat the roads as necessary.  They are also working with Sandy Springs to keep Johnson Ferry Road open on both sides of the river.

Cobb County’s DOT, Police, Sheriff, 911, Fire & Emergency Services all have been working through the night to assist in minimizing the impact of the snow and ice. Here is our latest update as of 10 a.m.

Cobb DOT treated all arterial roads during the overnight hours. We are continuing to operate full crews and all spreader trucks with a current focus on CCT routes and smaller secondary roads. CCT is expected to resume local service at noon today. Road conditions will continue to improve as temperatures reach into the 40s and sunshine is expected throughout the day. To report a road hazard please visit www.cobbdot.org, call 770-528-1600 or download the YourGov app from iTunes or Google Play store.

Cobb Police are encouraging motorists to stay off the roads until conditions improve later this afternoon.Please drive slowly as many secondary roads remain wet and there may be patches of ice..

Police have been working with vehicle towing services to relocate a limited number of vehicles that were blocking the road or creating a significant hazard. In most cases vehicles were moved within a few hundred feet of the location they were abandoned. In some cases vehicles had to be removed and taken to an impound yard. Vehicle owners will not be charged if their vehicle was towed at the request of Cobb Police. Information on claiming towed vehicles from impound can be obtained by calling Cobb Police HQ at 770-499-3900 after noon today.

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