Atlanta...FROZEN! I should be careful what I wish for~
Friday, January 31, 2014
I've lived in the Atlanta area all my life. We don't get snow/ice very often, so when we do get it, it usually means trouble. We don't have the equipment or resources that they do up north where they get a lot of snow. So this is my story from the Atlanta snow storm 2014.
I was at work when the reports started coming in that things in the Atlanta area were getting bad, by the minute...so I told my Sgt. I was taking vacation time, since they hadn't released us to leave work and I knew I had a good drive to get home. I left work around 12:30 PM... and I was on the road for 12 hours!!!! On a normal day the drive takes me about 40 mins. The roads were jammed with wrecks, abandoned vehicles, etc. What a nightmare! Gas stations were running out of gas, drug stores, Target and Publix grocery stores were opening their doors for stranded motorist. I finally made it within a couple of miles of my house, before I had to park my car and try walking home. Georgia has a lot of hills and when they get covered in ice, and you don't have 4-wheel drive, you aren't going ANYWHERE! I got out of my car, bundled up and started out walking.... out of no where a white 4-wheel, Chevy truck pulls beside me and a guy says, "Get in, I'll take you where ever you need to go?" He pulls me up into the truck and he takes me to my house.
One thing about living in Georgia, people help others when they need it. I was one of the lucky ones, some were stuck on highways all night, some with small children, some with medical issues. For every bad story, there are many wonderful stories of people helping people. Times like these brings out the best in people and helps us realize that we do need each other. So believe me, the next time I come across someone that needs help you can be assured I will offer to help them~