GA National Guard remains on standby following winter storm - CBS46 News

GA National Guard remains on standby following winter storm

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Two days after most people retrieved their cars and got home following the gridlock of Tuesday's snow and ice storm, the Georgia Army National Guard remained on standby while the State of Emergency was still in effect for all of Georgia. The soldiers, based near Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County, were relieved that conditions had improved in the wake of one of the worst traffic jams in U.S. history.

"There was chaos, it was all over the place," said Capt. Robert Schwartz.

"There was more vehicles than I could imagine out there, I didn't think the storm would impact us that much," said Sgt. David Jones.

In addition to the soldiers already on active duty with the GA Guard, 203 additional troops were called in Tuesday afternoon as conditions around Atlanta worsened. The soldiers were dispatched to help clear traffic jams on I-75, 285, and elsewhere around the metro area.

They also had to help people who'd run out of gas, food and water. They handed out more than 2,000 MREs -- meals ready to eat -- while helping untie Atlanta's traffic arteries.

"I think the guard had an amazing response," said Schwartz.

The GA Guard will remain on active state orders until Sunday night, when the State of Emergency expires.

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