Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May joined state officials in declaring a state of emergency in anticipation of winter weather headed toward metro Atlanta.

“DeKalb County is sure to get heavy sleet, freezing rain, and snow.  We expect many of our county roads will be impassable due to ice, traffic gridlock, downed trees and possible power outages, caused by the sudden and severe winter weather,” May said in a press release.

The state of emergency declaration “opens up resources necessary for government response,” the county said in its Feb. 11 statement.

The county planned to close administrative offices, including parks and Rrecreation facilities, senior centers, water billing offices and Recorders Court, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, the county said.

Meanwhile, the city of Dunwoody announced that all regularly scheduled meetings set for the week of Feb. 10 would be cancelled. The meetings would be rescheduled after the storm, the city said. Dunwoody closed city offices closed Feb. 11, but had work crews and police preparing for the storm, the city said.

In Brookhaven, the Briarwood Park Conservancy postponed until Feb. 22 a work day it had planned for Saturday, Feb. 15.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.