Gov. activates National Guard to help with snow emergency

Mayor Kasim Reed, left, and Gov. Nathan Deal at the press conference.
Mayor Kasim Reed, left, and Gov. Nathan Deal at the press conference.

Gov. Nathan Deal has activated the Georgia National Guard to help clear roadways and rescue motorists and students trapped on school buses after snow paralyzed the city on Tuesday.

During a press conference just after 11 p.m., Deal said a combination of people leaving work early at the same time and school districts not releasing students early enough were the cause for the gridlocked streets. Deal said state troopers were being sent to each school where students are sheltering in place for added security. Hundreds of students in Atlanta and Fulton County are being forced to spend the night in schools.

Officials said there had been 940 car accidents and 100 injuries today during the storm.

Mayor Kasim Reed said everyone needs to stay home Wednesday so crews can salt and sand the roads and streets. He urged the business community to let workers stay home tomorrow.

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