Maybe I can help, Don. If I understood right, there is ice on the roads. If it's anything like here, (and I think we get a little more than Atlanta), drivers honestly don't know how to drive on the ice. I don't, so I just don't do it because I am scared. You can read how, be told how, etc., and even slow down, but if you don't have practice...
Also, I am hearing they got quite a bit more snow accumulation than they expected. I know if we get two or three inches of snow here, it's a pretty big deal. Thankfully, it's usually gone by the next day, because as you said, we don't have equipment to remove it.
Along with that, though, comes the structure of roads, etc. We don't have drainage ditches for rain because they're not needed. Three or four inches of rain can easily flood our streets, and usually does on the rare occasions when we get that much at once. Maybe something with the infrastructure of Atlanta is adding to it as well. I dunno.
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