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County Exec: Sun may be the best bet

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Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

DADE COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- Some Dade County roads are still impassable, leaving people feeling neglected for days.

The state has dedicated only two snow plows to Dade County and both of those broke down in the storm.

Now, the county is picking up G-DOT's roads, but it's not an easy process.

 "Well, the mail has not been delivered or the newspaper," says Jennie Sams.

"The back roads are really bad," says Joshua Phillips.

And judging by our drive down State Road 301 in Dade County, the roads won't get better anytime soon.

The streets are still covered in ice.

Some neighborhoods are still buried by at least three inches of snow.

Many drivers took their time getting around the sharp curves.

Our question to the county executive: what happened to G-DOT's snow plows and how has the county helped?

"We feel as if we have completed the task of cleaning our roads, so now we are coming back and helping the state, because evidently, they are lacking on man power," says Dade County Executive Ted Rumley.

Less manpower, plus two broken snow plows dedicated to the county, equates to roads like these.

Ted Rumley shows us on the map some of the hardest hit areas.

Most are on Sand Mountain.

We even found a county sheriff's patrol car still covered in snow.

Jennie Sams says her street is only half finished.

"One side of the road has been plowed, but the other hasn't so you can get home, but it's really hard to leave," says Sams.

A G-DOT spokesperson says they pretreated state roads in north Georgia, but after the storm, counties don't get much help from the state.

Many of the employees were on standby and sent across the state to higher impacted areas.

Rumley says Dade County is working with the state to help out.

"All of our county roads are really passable, but when you come to the main roads, which are the state roads, those are the ones that are iced over," says Rumley.

Josh Phillips says it's not the main streets that's the problem anymore, it's just getting to them.

"My driveway is still bad, but the main road is finally plowed," says Phillips.

G-DOT tells us many of the roads in rural counties may have to bite the bullet on getting plowed because right now any road work is on an "as needed" basis.

That's spread between Catoosa, Walker, and Dade counties.

The county executive says the sun may be the best bet.

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