Thursday, January 30, 2014

Contact: Catherine Bonfiglio, Corporate Communications & Marketing

Mayor Patrick Cannon Expresses Personal Gratitude to Responders, Media and Community on Handling of Recent Snow Storm
There are many people that I would like to thank for their tireless efforts in response to the snow storm and its after-effects that our community has seen this week. In particular, I would like to express my appreciation to our front-line responders -- the unsung heroes who worked behind the scenes to keep our facilities open, services offered and our equipment maintained; and our media partners and our community for their patience and understanding as the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools worked to manage this event. 
While there are many examples of how well we all managed through this event, I wanted to highlight a few:
                 The Charlotte Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation worked tirelessly, sometimes 30 hours straight, to ensure that our roads, freeways, and bridges were treated and safe for travel.
                 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and Charlotte Fire Department are to be commended for their diligence in responding to accidents and citizens that needed assistance as a result of the bad weather. Citizens, as well, took the advice of public safety helping to reduce the loss of life and property.
                 The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) managed to keep our buses and trains running, enabling residents to get to and from work safely, and provide an alternative to those workers who may have not been able to walk to work due to ice-covered sidewalks or not being able to park in snow-covered parking lots.
                 Mecklenburg County and the American Red Cross continued to provide a Warming Station at the Hal Marshall Center which gave our homeless residents a brief respite from the severe weather.
                 Charlotte Douglas International Airport assisted over 200 stranded travelers and ensured that roads in and around the airport, as well as runways, remained passable.
                 The local news media and their meteorologists for continuing to provide the most up-to-date information designed to keep our region’s residents safe, and provide them with the tools and resources to deal with the cold weather.
Lastly, I would like to thank the citizens of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for their cooperation and patience as our City, County, and State departments responsible for storm response performed their jobs.