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Former Albany residents recall Atlanta ice mess

Atlanta traffic in the aftermath of the winter storm. Atlanta traffic in the aftermath of the winter storm.
Tyler and Chelsea Serr were able to leave Atlanta and drive to Albany Wednesday. Tyler and Chelsea Serr were able to leave Atlanta and drive to Albany Wednesday.
Tyler Serr shows the texts he received during the storm. Tyler Serr shows the texts he received during the storm.
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Tyler Serr, who recently moved from Albany to Atlanta, says Tuesday started out like any other day.

"It was normal. I woke up, I took my sister to work and then I came back. It was snowing, drizzling. And then it just kept getting thicker and thicker," said Serr.

He attempted to leave his apartment complex to pick up his sister, Chelsea, but ended up turning around.

"I was supposed to pick her up around 5, but then I was leaving the neighborhood and my car started sliding, because my tires are older," said Serr. "So I just called her and was like, get someone to give you a ride from there, [I'm] already out in it."

Little did he know, he would be avoiding the mess, and Chelsea got home in a reasonable amount of time.

But Tyler and Chelsea's other sibling wasn't so lucky. She said she began receiving texts and pictures every 15 minutes.

"At first I didn't know that it was any different than here. Then they started calling and [said] they were still on the road. My oldest son, it took him almost 10.5 hours just to go 24 miles."
Robin Serr said she felt helpless about three hours away in Albany.

"It was scary," said Serr. "It was very scary; up all night scary."

Now she and many others are hoping that next time the city of Atlanta is prepared.

"I would hope that if this ever happens again, that they're going to definitely take this [situation] into consideration. A lot of people went through a lot worse. Kids were stranded overnight in schools. I think overall we can do a better job and learn from this."

Tyler and Chelsea Serr were able to leave Atlanta and drive to Albany Wednesday. They took back roads and got to town in about 4 hours.

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