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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Urges Public to Remain Indoors, Use Caution During Winter Weather Event

Post Date:01/17/2018 10:43 AM

 

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303   

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2018

News Release 

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Urges Public to Remain Indoors, Use Caution During Winter Weather Event

City of Atlanta continues to operate emergency warming centers, treat roadways

 ATLANTA – Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms urged the public to use caution and remain indoors today while extreme low temperatures and hazardous road conditions persist. The City of Atlanta has opened its Joint Operations Center, which coordinates preparation and response activities, and is fully engaged in responding to the ongoing winter weather event.

“The City of Atlanta, along with the metro region, is experiencing dangerously low temperatures and hazardous road conditions due to ice and snowfall. We ask that the public use caution, and remain indoors and off the roadways as much as possible while the City works to treat and clear the roads,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The City has opened three emergency warming centers to ensure that anyone needing shelter has a place to go. These facilities will remain open while temperatures are dangerously low, and all are welcome to seek shelter.”

The Department of Public Works (DPW) began pre-treating Priority 1 and 2 routes and bridges prior to precipitation beginning on the evening of January 16, and will continue working around the clock until roads are clear. Roadways around critical facilities, including hospitals, police stations and fire stations, have been treated. DPW mobilized 11 salt spreaders to deploy 104 tons of salt, and applied 48,000 gallons of brine to roadways prior to snowfall. Solid waste collection will be delayed by two days because of the national Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and inclement weather. This change will affect Tuesday through Friday collections, including recycling and trimming collections. Tuesday collection will now occur on Thursday, Wednesday collection will now occur on Friday, Thursday collection will now occur on Saturday and Friday collection will now occur on Sunday.

The City has opened three warming centers which will remain open until temperatures increase and conditions change. Men, women and children are welcome. Anyone seeking transportation to a warming center may call 404-546-2710 for assistance.

The warming centers locations are:

  • Old Adamsville Recreation Center, 3404 Delmar Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30331;
  • Central Park Recreational Center, 400 Merrits Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; and
  • Grant Park Recreation Center, 537 Park Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.

A detailed list of winter weather tips is available online from the Office of Emergency Preparedness at http://bit.ly/2DHKrXq. Residents are also encouraged to sign up for NotifyATL at www.atlantaga.gov/notifyatl to receive alerts on emergencies and critical information on severe weather, unexpected road closures, and other alerts. 

Members of the media who want to shoot b-roll footage at any of the City’s warming centers must send an email to atlmedia@atlantaga.gov.  

Follow @CityofAtlanta and @ATLPreparedness on Twitter for the latest information.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov/ or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Bottoms on Facebook and Twitter @KeishaBottoms.

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