City shuts down, flights cancelled
When news of the potential snowfall began airing, southerners lined up at grocery stores all over metro Atlanta. Hardware stores ran out of supplies on Saturday January 8th while grocery stores couldn’t keep their shelves stocked. However, most people took the warning lightly, even up until the snow began falling Sunday evening. Vehicles were abandoned on interstates as people underestimated the effects of the storm.
The Atlanta area got two to three inches of snow on the Sunday evening before the first day of the quarter, while some areas in the Georgia Mountains got five to six inches. Add to the snow a layer of ice and Georgia was placed in a state of emergency by Governor Sonny Perdue in coordination with Governor-elect, Nathan Deal. With only ten pieces of snow removal equipment in the entire metro Atlanta area, chaos was inevitable. Fifty-eight pieces of equipment were on the roads by Tuesday evening to clear snow. In the end 115 trucks were needed. In some areas mail delivery completely ceased and parts of interstate 285 had to be completely shut down. Temperatures didn’t rise above freezing until Friday afternoon.
Over a thousand flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Airlines didn’t hesitate to cancel flights as early as 8 pm Sunday night. Delta cancelled 330 flights Sunday and another 1400 on Monday. Airtran Airways cancelled flights in and out of Atlanta with flights still limited by Wednesday as the storm made its way to New England. Several students couldn’t get flights back to Atlanta until the end of the week.
In conjunction with other schools in the area, Life University cancelled classes and all activities for the entire first week of school. Most students felt having the week off from classes was bliss, while some were infuriated by the end of the week. Students who didn’t receive direct deposit were stressed about not having access to their living expense checks while bills were piling up. Luckily some generous staff members came in Friday to hand out checks from 1-3 pm. Dr. Sheres was available on the Martin Luther King JR holiday for a few hours to help students with registration. Club day was cancelled altogether and students could just feel the pounds accumulating as the Wellness Center remained closed until Tuesday January 18.
The academic schedule for the winter quarter had to be revised without shortening the material to be covered. Details for each college is available on the Life website. Many students were concerned about OSCE testing not being pushed back. This meant less time to prepare. DC classes were scheduled after 1 pm on both OSCE days instead of being cancelled altogether. Clinic hours have been extended until 3 pm every Saturday for the remainder of the quarter and interns are given until the first day of spring quarter to finish requirements.
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