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Columbus police slammed with emergency calls during peak of winter storm

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Things are starting to get back to normal as the snow and ice beginning to melt around the Fountain City.

Officials say emergency calls to law enforcement agencies were up during the peak of the winter storm.

According to city officials, timely planning and preparation for the ice storm that blew through the Chattahoochee Valley saved a lot of headaches and money.

The same cannot be said for surrounding areas such as Birmingham, Ala. and Atlanta. They were both slammed with ice and snow, creating massive gridlock on highways and roads. Many had to abandon their cars.

Columbus Police report that over an 11 hour period, from 5 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday, they received 218 emergency calls. Compare that to the 684 emergency calls in the Birmingham area, according to their local ABC affiliate.

Authorities in surrounding counties report thousands were trapped on the highways overnight.

In Columbus, we fared much better with 123 stranded drivers.

CPD also reports six injuries over the last two days. Agencies in the Birmingham area have not reported any injuries as of Thursday afternoon. 

Over the two day storm period, the Georgia State Patrol responded to more than 1,500 car crashes, at least 200 injuries and one weather-related death statewide.

Troopers also report assisting more than 1,000 motorists across Georgia.

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