- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials were using four-wheel-drive vehicles to reunite drivers with more than 2,000 vehicles that were abandoned during the snow and ice storm.

The crews had fuel available for vehicles that ran out of gas. They also had a database to help motorists locate vehicles that were towed.

Two staging areas for the effort opened Thursday morning at a church and a transit station. GEMA spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said a bit before 5 p.m. that about 150 people had taken advantage of the help. The rides were set to stop at 5 p.m.

She said a survey by the Georgia State Patrol during the overnight hours on Wednesday identified an estimated 2,029 abandoned vehicles on area highways.

Officials said cars left on interstates at 9 p.m. Thursday may be towed.

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