ATLANTA - The city began Monday cleaning up the gritty mess left behind after last week's ice storm. The city put down sand, gravel and salt on many streets to help create traction for vehicles trying to get around, but the residue left behind was, according to some, simply a mess.
In southwest Atlanta, crews began working in shifts to sweep up the residue Monday.
Officials said the residue that is swept up will be taken to a public works facility where it will be stored and reused in a future winter weather event.
"We are augmenting our city crews with ten additional contracted street sweeping crews, so that our goal is to get this cleaned up within a week's time," said Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza. "But until that happens, it's going to be dusty for a few days. We're going to work with daytime and nighttime crews to get this cleaned up as we can."
Crews will be working in residential areas during the day and in commercial districts at night.
We're also told that Cobb County will begin to do the same thing on Tuesday.