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Rescue effort continues, a day after winter storm

Wednesday - 1/29/2014, 3:30pm  ET

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities in Georgia are still working to get food, water, gas and blankets to people who've been stranded in their cars since yesterday afternoon's winter storm.

Police and National Guard troops, meanwhile, are working to escort home the children who were stuck overnight at their schools. Hundreds more spent the night on school buses.

It's not clear just when all of the stranded vehicles will be off the roads in the Atlanta area. Temperatures aren't expected to be above freezing for very long, so the roads might not have a chance to thaw.

At least six people died in traffic accidents, including five in Alabama.

The Alabama governor's office says rescue personnel and medics in state aircraft have been flying over Jefferson and Shelby counties, conducting search and rescue missions for stranded motorists.

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216-a-12-(Commissioner Mark McDonough, Department of Public Safety, and Colonel, Georgia State Patrol, at news conference)-"is weather-related"-Public Safety Commissioner Mark McDonough says there were hundreds of accidents, leading to at least one death. ((watch for dating)) (29 Jan 2014)

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217-a-11-(Keith Golden, commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation, at news conference)-"treat the roads"-Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden says they're able to access more equipment to help clear icy, traffic-clogged roadways in the greater-Atlanta area. (29 Jan 2014)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Man stands on frozen road as he waits for traffic to clear on Interstate 75, Macon, Georgia, graphic element on gray (29 Jan 2014)

APPHOTO GADT115: In this aerial view looking south toward downtown Atlanta, the ice-covered interstate system shows the remnants of a winter snow storm Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Atlanta. While such amounts of accumulation barely quality as a storm in the north, it was enough to paralyze the Deep South. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (29 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO GADT110: In this aerial photo, abandoned cars at I-75 headed northbound near the Chattahoochee River overpass are piled up in the median of the ice-covered interstate after a winter snow storm , Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said. (AP Photo/David Tulis) (29 Jan 2014)

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