WTVM 2/3/14 Editorial: Planning ahead helped us weather the storm

(WTVM) - A lot of us will remember where we were when last week's storm left an icy glaze and snowy blanket on area roads. It was a mess. Luckily, we knew it was coming and we had a plan.

The Columbus area took adequate precautions early and avoided many of the problems that landed our bigger city neighbors in the national spotlight, and not in a good way.

On Interstate 280 in Birmingham, motorists were stranded for hours and finally abandoned their cars.

In Atlanta, despite the forecast, officials waited too long to urge closings, causing massive traffic problems. Schools became shelters for kids who could not get home; in Alabama, some students even spent two nights at school!

Compare that with how Columbus, Auburn and Montgomery officials handled it: they were proactive and worked faster to keep people safe.

That's good leadership which we applaud. It made the pain and inconvenience of the storm easier to weather.

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