Southern Storm Leaves Icy Mess

National Guard called in to help drivers reach their stranded vehicles.
3:00 | 01/30/14

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to the final big blast of arctic air loosening its grip on 34 states. And even the National Guard had to help drivers slog home. ABC's Steve osunsami tells us about the people still digging out. Reporter: How dangerous still is the ice in the south? Watch carefully, this video from Alabama. The tow truck driver clearing one accident, nearly became another. In Atlanta, today, they started moving abandoned cars from the middle of the roads in the melting ice, with their bare hands. Today, the National Guard took families who walked all the way to shelters, back to the cars they abandoned in the snow. I've not been home since Tuesday. Reporter: Since Tuesday. Yes. Yes. Reporter: Audrey Williams, still in her high heels from work. We're going home. And I want to go get my bed and go to sleep. Hello? Reporter: Georgia's governor and other state officials apologized today for not shutting the city down before the snow. I'm the governor. The buck stops with me. I accept the responsibility for it. Reporter: Just such a mess. Nearly 1,500 wrecks. Heard clearly in 911 calls, released today. I got a patch and I spin out. And I'm afraid to move now because traffic is coming. Reporter: We've certainly seen this happened in cities before, when all of Houston got on the roads to evacuate right before hurricane Rita in 2005, the gridlock was deadly. One expert says the lesson is cities have to have a plan. Atlanta didn't understand that snow is the enemy, unless you're on a ski slope. Whatever was done was in response to a crisis not because it was a plan. The governor could have encouraged schools to close by declaring a state of emergency earlier. The city could have staggered the way residents were sent home. Hindsight, of course, 20/20. Steve osunsami, ABC news, Atlanta.

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