No firings after Pennsylvania snowstorm snafu

| 3/29/2007

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell says he’s not going to fire anyone – but might make some reassignments – following the state’s botched response to a Valentine’s Day ice storm that stranded hundreds of cars and trucks on interstates for as long as 24 hours.

According to the Harrisburg Post-Gazette, Rendell cited “bad decisions” and “breakdowns in policy” that are exposed in a new report he commissioned.

Among other things, the report notes that officials didn’t respond to the huge traffic jams for hours, that highway and law enforcement officials didn’t communicate, that there weren’t enough snow plows, and that a lot of high-tech equipment – such as sensors that detect road conditions and digital road signs – wasn’t working.