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Atlanta Snow Aftermath: Ice? Melting. Stalled Cars? Removed. Politics? Still Snarled.

Karen Hurst, left, carries a gas can as she helps Ann Batsun, recover her car on Interstate 75  Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Karen Hurst, left, carries a gas can as she helps Ann Batsun, recover her car on Interstate 75 Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta (CNN) — A day after Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal apologized for mishandling Tuesday’s snowfall, which paralyzed Atlanta and resulted in commutes that exceeded 20 hours for some people, temperatures rose above freezing Friday and the city too busy to hate moved on.

The last of the more-than 2,000 cars that were abandoned when 2.6 inches of snow overwhelmed Atlanta’s ability to cope were being picked up. By Friday morning, only about a dozen were left on interstates and state roads, said Ken Davis, a spokesman for Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency.

Government help, which many said was impossible to find in the immediate aftermath of the storm, was available Thursday, when the National Guard and State Patrol offered free rides to abandoned cars, five free gallons of gas and a jump-start.

On Thursday night, the state began towing — at state expense — unclaimed cars.

The Atlanta Police Department said it would waive impounding fees for those cars it towed, though it just was of many agencies dealing with abandoned cars.

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