Gov. Deal Extends Emergency Declaration In Georgia

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News

Updated: January 30, 2014, 8:45pm

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended the state of emergency, allowing the state to use certain resources to help local governments clear roads and respond to other storm-related issues.

Deal first issued a state of emergency Tuesday evening, after a winter storm began coating the metro Atlanta region with snow. Deal said in a statement that he's extending the emergency declaration through Sunday night.

Deal has asked state employees to return to work Friday unless traveling puts them in harm's way. He says government employees who think it's unsafe to travel should contact their supervisors.


News Release: Associated Press News

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice.

Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Tuesday that the declaration covers all 159 counties in the state and will help free up resources that are needed to address emergency situations as they arise.

A winter storm coated the metro Atlanta region with snow Tuesday afternoon. State transportation officials said a mass of commuters leaving downtown Atlanta at once created traffic jams on interstates and surface streets. Officials have said the traffic jams complicated efforts to remove snow and ice from area roads.

Robinson says state government offices will remain closed until noon Wednesday. Many school districts, county and municipal offices have also announced that they'd be closed Wednesday.


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