by: Justin Gray Updated:WASHINGTON —
State and local leaders were not the only government officials blindsided by Atlanta's epic January snowstorm.
Rodney Barry, the Georgia division chief of the Federal Highway Administration, was stuck in the mass traffic himself late into the night.
"Rodney is currently in his car trying to make his way home, a trip that has taken him several hours,"
The next morning
"By 8 p.m.
A highway administration agency spokeswoman in Washington said it is the job of state and local governments to coordinate traffic and snow removal.
But one email says the agency assigned someone to "work closely" with the Georgia Department of Transportation's traffic management center during the storm.
Another email to Barry from an attorney at the Georgia division
She said Georgia needed a researched and written out emergency plan for transportation.
Once the storm began to pass, emails show federal highway staffers began looking into what went wrong on Atlanta's roadways.
Federal Highway Administration Executive Director Jeff Paniati wrote, "Sounds like a huge mess ... My guess is there will be significant after storm questions on snow traffic and management. We should use it as an opportunity to help GDOT improve their approach to system management and operations."