Winter storm prompts emergency declaration in Ga.

ATLANTA -- In a press conference Wednesday morning, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he won't play the 'blame game' on who is responsible for the gridlock on Atlanta's freeways after Tuesday's winter snow storm.

Reed said the first priority was to make sure roads were cleared, children stuck in buses and at schools got home, and emergency crews were able to keep working.

Reed said the mistake was allowing everyone to leave at the same time Tuesday, instead of staggering closings. He said he was not thinking about "grading" the response at this time.

Reed said there were nearly 800 accidents around town but no fatalities reported in the city. He added, 115 people were being sheltered in fire stations across the city.

The Mayor said, "we always want to be better but we're doing better than the last major snow event".

NBC's Al Roker disagrees saying the city didn't do enough before hand and had plenty of warning.

Mayor Reed went on to say no one is doing a better job in response to this snow storm than Atlanta.

When questioned by 11Alive's Doug Richards about the issues on the Downtown Connector and other freeways around the city, the Mayor shot back, saying the city is not responsible for that stretch of road and he would not get into that debate.


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