By Natalie Fultz
COLUMBUS- As the weather fades away, the political firestorm is heating up. Critics are asking why Atlanta wasn't prepared for the predicted winter storm and even locals here are shocked by what happened.
"When I saw how it was all blocked up with trucks and cars, that was atrocious. That was the biggest mess I've ever seen," Cliff Rutledge says.
Lots of criticism directed at Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, and Mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, for their untimely response that left children stuck in schools overnight...drivers in cars for up to 20 hours.
"Actually I had a number of friends who were spending the night in Waffle Houses and Walmarts and things like that so I thought it was really terrible that something like that could happen," Lauren Murray says.
"It was exhausting just watching it on TV honestly. I really felt for the folks. It's one thing seeing it that was a tragedy," John Finley says.
But here in the Chattahoochee Valley, city officials took charge.
"We got together briefly on Tuesday at the Emergency Operations Center and talked about what preparations we were making," Pat Biegler, Director of Public Works.
Preparing for the storm before it hit...
"We tried to make sure our equipment was operational everything from sand spreaders to chain saws," Biegler says.
Even canceling class for Tuesday and shutting down the city.
"We have a written plan and we were following that," Biegler says..
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