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Gov. Deal declares state of emergency

Nathan Deal

Nathan Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia.

“Many parts of our state have experienced heavy sleet and snowfall, and in the metro areas we’re experiencing traffic jams caused primarily by heavy volume after the quick onset of the winter storm,” Deal said.

“State DOT crews will work around the clock to get roads clear; in addition, the National Guard, the Department of Public Safety and GEMA will work to get the state back to normal as quickly as possible,” Deal said.

The state of emergency declaration opens up state resources necessary for government response. It also activates the State Emergency Operations Plan, which assigns specific responsibilities to certain agencies.