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Governor's task force aims to avoid future winter jam


An Albany woman who got stuck in the massive Atlanta traffic jam last week hopes that new task force makes improvements to prevent another traffic catastrophe.

Marie Watson-Allen says her phone kept her connected to the world while she was stuck for 23 hours on Atlanta roadways when that tragic storm hit last week, coating highways with ice.

She's relieved to be back home in Albany.

Watson-Allen was one of thousands stuck during Atlanta's nasty ice storm that crippled the area. She's hoping that officials will collaborate better next time, and set up some kind of alert system.

"The snow just didn't fall in Atlanta," said Watson-Allen. "There should have been better collaboration regionally, to get the roads taken care of prior to and during the event."

She says she was surprised she didn't see any salt or sand trucks out on the roads.

"I saw when I was parked overnight, there were emergency vehicles coming up that had the flashing lights on them and I thought we were about to get help, that maybe they would hand treat the road, but all I saw them do was turn and go down I-75," recalled Watson-Allen.

Luckily social media kept people connected, and she was able to have her car towed by this man. Another stranger brought her pop tarts and water.

"That was such a blessing, there was so many good things that came out of this situation that I wouldn't change a thing," said Watson-Allen.

She was in Atlanta for a trade show when the storm hit. It took her 23 hours to travel 12 miles to her hotel room.

The severe weather task force will include meteorologists, state department heads, and lawmakers. Tifton State Representative Jay Roberts is part of the panel as well. See the full list below.





Here are the members of the panel-




Bart Gobeil (Chair)

Governor's Office 

Charley English

GA Emergency Management Agency

Keith Golden

Dept. of Transportation

Mark Williams

Dept. of Natural Resources

Mark McDonough

Dept. of Public Safety

Jim Butterworth

Dept. of Defense

Jannine Miller

GA Regional Transportation Authority

Chris Tomlinson

State Road and Tollway Authority

Glenn Burns


Markina Brown


Ken Cook

Fox 5

Chesley McNeil

11 Alive

Robert Avossa

Fulton County Schools

Emily Lembeck

Marietta City Schools

Michael Thurmond

DeKalb County Schools

Keith Parker


Ed Crowell

Georgia Motor Trucking

Jeffrey Parker

HNTB Corp.; former Connecticut DOT

Anthony Wilson

Georgia Power

Jerry Donovan

Georgia Transmission Corporation

Hala Moddelmog

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Gil West


Steve Thompson

GA State Senate

Steve Gooch

GA State Senate

Jay Roberts

GA House of Representatives

Mike Glanton

GA House of Representatives

Kelvin Cochran

City of Atlanta

George Turner

Atlanta Police Department

Awaiting Confirmation

National Weather Service

Awaiting Confirmation


Awaiting Confirmation

Verizon Wireless

Awaiting Confirmation

Metro Atlanta Municipality




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