ATLANTA — The usually bustling roadways in the Atlanta metropolitan area resembled a scene in a post-apocalyptic world during and after Tuesday’s snow and ice storm.
Cars abandoned at odd angles on side streets, thoroughfares and major interstates. People in this car-dependent city walked for miles, hunched over and huddled from the cold. Many had no coats, hats or gloves.
“It was a like a scene from ‘The Walking Dead,’ ” said Maura Neill, 38, referring to the television series about a post-apocalyptic world overtaken by zombies.
“The mistake here is that no one expected the snow to hit as quickly,” said Neill, who was stranded in gridlock for 10 hours.
Neill’s story is typical of the chaos that gripped the region.
A real estate agent, Neill had lunch with her husband Tuesday as the snow began to fall. She left him at his job at 12:05, anticipating a 20 minute drive to her home from midtown Atlanta to the suburb of Johns Creek.
But after 45 minutes of getting nowhere on Interstate 75, she got off the highway and took a side road. And that’s where she got stuck — for almost 7 hours. At one point, she stopped at a Target to use the bathroom and stretch her legs. It was a ghost town inside, she said.
She kept a running log of her progress on Facebook under the hashtag, Atlantarctica. By 7:30, she wrote, “I’m about to give up and find someone nearby with a spare room.”