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Governor Pat McCrory looking at North Carolina snow school makeup days

Governor Pat McCrory
February 14, 2014 10:08:38 AM PST
In a wide-ranging news conference Friday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory went over what went right, and what went wrong, during the massive snow storm that hit the Tar Heel State this week.

McCrory had lots of praise for the state agencies that responded, from the DOT, to law enforcement and the National Guard.

"I'm proud of the people for dealing with this natural disaster which proves that Mother Nature is more powerful than any of us," Governor Pat McCrory said. "But if we respond in a professional and respectful way we can deal with it.  And North Carolina did.  I'm very, very proud of that especially of those people who risked their lives to help others."

The Governor said while temperatures are rising, and the snow and ice is melting, drivers still need to use caution as icy patches and black ice remain in some areas.

"Unfortunately, the final hours of this storm turned out to be the most deadly," McCrory said. "Despite our preparations and tremendous efforts, five more people have died in winter-weather related incidents."

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said it has responded to more than ten thousand calls for service this week, when it typically averages 800 a day.

The Governor said he will work with lawmakers to review the number of school days that will have to be made up because of the snow - possibly with an eye to reducing the number.

McCrory also said he and his team are reviewing the storm response and will look at how to improve for next time.

He said he wants to take another look at rules for moving cars left on the roads by stranded drivers. He said it's clear the state has one set of guidelines, while cities may have others, and he wants it to be handled properly. Some drivers have complained of unfair towing practices. State law calls for only moving vehicles that block the roadways to snow plows can get through.

The Governor also said he wants to talk with state universities and athletic leagues about their procedures for cancelling games during inclement weather.

There was much confusion about whether the Duke vs. UNC game would go on as scheduled this week and McCrory specifically called out Carolina Coastal - whose basketball team was stuck on a bus along i-74 for 12 hours Thursday.

"I would ask what the heck were you doing on a bus?" said McCrory.

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