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January 29th, 2014
05:19 PM ET

After storm causes massive traffic jam in Georgia, fingerpointing begins

(CNN) - A day after up to 3 inches of snow in parts of Georgia shut down many of metro Atlanta's roadways, officials acknowledged Wednesday they could have planned better for the storm.

The city did not stagger closings, and as ice formed on roadways, thousands were stuck in highway hell, with some drivers stranded for more than 15 hours.

"The situation went from bad to worse more quickly than I think anyone expected," said Atlanta City Council Member Cesar Mitchell.

But playing the blame game isn't where the focus should be, says the local politician.

"What I do believe we need to do is as elected officials ... be willing to shoulder the responsibility of what's happened squarely upon our shoulders collectively, and certainly come up with a plan to make sure that this doesn't happen ever again," said Mitchell.

For more of our interview with Atlanta City Council Member Cesar Mitchell, check out the video above.

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