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Atlanta shows off new snow emergency equipment

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta city officials say they're ready for the next snowstorm.

Last January, the city was paralyzed by heavy snow followed by a hard freeze, coating the streets with ice for days.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined managers of the city's public works department on Monday to unveil some new snow plows and spreaders.

The city bought 28 new sand spreaders, adding to seven old ones, and also purchased 40 snow plows.

Reed says Atlanta spent about $4 million on emergency response in January, and the $931,000 expenditure for the 68 new pieces of equipment was a smart investment.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has spent $2.5 million on equipment. It's also adding more storage locations for salt and gravel.