Governor Nathan Deal apologizes as Atlanta thaws

ATLANTA (CNN) — Two days after snow began to fall — and a day after many Georgians, including hundreds of schoolchildren, finally made it home — the state’s governor apologized Thursday for what many saw as an insufficient and too ineffective response.

Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters he was “not satisfied” with how his state dealt with the 2.6 inches of snow plus the sheets of ice that it turned into, leading to massive gridlock throughout the metro Atlanta area. In addition to students stranded at school, many drivers camped out in their cars or abandoned them by the hundreds along thoroughfares big and small.

“I accept responsibility for the fact that we did not make preparation early enough to avoid these consequences,” Deal said. “… I’m not looking for a scapegoat. I’m the governor, the buck stops with me.”

Speaking later Thursday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Deal said “we…

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