Clay County native describes how snow virtually shut down Atlanta

Growing up near Fairfield, Wendy Brodrick faced storm conditions far worse than the storm that paralyzed Atlanta Tuesday afternoon.

Yet the storm, which left about 3 inches of snow on the ground, was enough to generate a state-of-emergency declaration and leave thousands stranded on area highways for hours.

In retrospect, Brodrick said she understands how just a few inches of snow was able to wreak such widespread havoc across the region.

"We've lived here now for 20 years, and this is the first time that they haven't had some preparation on the roadways, at least the major roadways," she said. "The fact that they thought it wasn't going to be that bad, they didn't do any pre-treating of the roads whatsoever.

"Then there was no way to get the DOT trucks on the road at that point because the roads were parking lots. There was no way to plow everything off. And people of this area just don't know how to drive in it."

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