Deal extends state of emergency to Sunday

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Gov. Nathan Deal has decreed that Georgia’s current state of emergency will be extended by two more days, taking it through Sunday, to give the Metro Atlanta region more assistance in recovering from the winter storm.

The State Patrol was scheduled to begin towing abandoned vehicles at 9 p.m. Thursday to clear them from areas on the interstates where they created a public safety hazard.  Other vehicles that are not considered to pose a safety risk will stay in place through Sunday night for owners to retrieve them.

The governor’s office said the state would cover the cost of towing only in cases where the towing was ordered by the state.

Deal said state government offices will open Friday, with employees to report to their workplaces at regular hours “unless doing so puts them in harm’s way.”

The General Assembly will resume its active sessions on Friday as well.

© 2014 by The Georgia Report

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