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Albany woman says facebook a lifeline while stuck in Atlanta

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

One Albany woman who was stranded in her car overnight in that unbelievable traffic jam in Atlanta says social media kept communication open and gave her hope.

"It was like everyone who was in downtown Atlanta at that time got on the road at the exact same time."

For hours drivers in Atlanta were stranded on highways. Many were not prepared for the cold blast that brought sheets of ice and dangerous conditions to the road.

Albany resident Marie Watson Allen was in Atlanta for a trade show.  She spent 23 hours in traffic and says facebook helped get her through.

"Social media was the power, because not only were people opening their homes and hearts to us, but they were also saying this person is in a medical need, we need someone to get there quickly. And someone would respond that could help them," says Albany resident Marie Allen-Watson.

Someone started a facebook page called "snowed out Atlanta". In one night it gained more than 25,000 members. People were posting all sorts of messages offering help to those in need.

"People would answer right away and so you had real time information," says Allen-Watson.

Watson-Allen is still in Atlanta, but she managed to make it to her hotel room at noon today, thanks to the help of a pastor, who towed her vehicle for her.

"The next thing I knew he was backing in his car and towing it for me," she says.

She managed to make it within two miles of her hotel, but couldn't walk because the roads were just too slick.  She says many people abandoned their cars.

"We were sitting ducks, I mean we were just in our cars,  I saw people abandoning their cars, jumping the walls from I-75,  people abandoning their cars for whatever reason blown radiators out of fuel," says Allen-Watson.

She says she's grateful for the kindness of others and for social media, which kept her going during a tough time.

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