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North Fulton grapples with second ice storm
by Noreen Cochran and Joan Durbin
jdurbin@neighbornewspapers.com
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North Fulton cities are still assessing the costs of last week’s snow and ice. With their offices closed for the Monday holiday, numbers are unlikely to be tallied before the end of this week.

“We don’t have an exact figure. We’re totaling for GEMA reimbursement,” Milton spokesman Jason Wright said last Friday, referring to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

None of the cities’ staff could venture an estimate as yet on what their city spent on sand and gravel for the roads.

One extra cost Milton won’t have is contracting for disposal of trees felled by the storm.

“We only had a couple in public rights of way and the fire department handled them as part of regular duty,” Wright said.

Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard also said his city incurred no costs to deal with trees.

“There was no damage to city buildings or properties as a result of the storm that we are aware of at this time,” he said.

“We do not currently have information regarding volumes of salt or sand applied during the event. All of the materials and cost information will be finalized over the next few days and reported by our finance department.

Roswell City Administrator Kay Love said her city had reports of only a few downed trees.

“I won’t know total costs to the city until we debrief from the event,” she said. No public property was damaged, she said.

Carol Boatright, a spokeswoman for Georgia Power, said information was not available on power outages specific to north Fulton because those records are reported regionally on a broader scale.

Love said her knowledge of power deficiencies in Roswell was limited largely to what she gleaned from the news media.

“I am aware of some temporary outages in the Crabapple Road area and Old Alabama Road area,” Love said.

In Milton, Wright said, around 90 Cobb EMC customers on Providence Road experienced temporary outage.

Georgia Power reported about 615,000 total outages across the state during last week’s storm.

As of Friday afternoon, nearly 80,000 customers were still without power, more than 68,000 of them in Augusta.

The number was reduced to 900 by Sunday.

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, storm preparations included salt, sand, liquid to de-ice aircraft wings and pellets to melt snow and ice from runways and other travel lanes.

“We don’t yet know how much material was used, but I can tell you that we had 100,000 gallons of de-icing fluid, 50,000 pounds of de-icing pellets and 50,000 pounds of salt/sand mixture,” spokesman Reese McCranie said.

More than 3,000 flights were canceled by various airlines, he said.

MARTA suspended bus service Wednesday and Thursday but kept trains running into south Fulton’s Lakewood/Fort McPherson, East Point, College Park and airport stations on a weekend schedule.

Spokesman Lyle V. Harris said electrified third rails were treated with de-icing fluid and trains were run continuously over the non-electrified rails to prevent them from freezing.

Walking and driving surfaces were also treated.

“We used four tons of de-icer, seven tons of sand and 20 tons of gravel,” he said. Harris added that the transit authority had no power outages.

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