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Published: Tuesday, 1/7/2014

Snow storm whacked Perrysburg, shut businesses

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Heavy snow and limited traffic was evident Monday in Perrysburg Township. Heavy snow and limited traffic was evident Monday in Perrysburg Township.
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Don Cogan arrived at the Jimmy John's he owns in Perrysburg Township before 6 a.m. Monday to bake bread and get ready to open his store.

A few minutes before he opened Wood County went to a Level 3 snow emergency. Sunday's heavy snowfall combined with high winds and low temperatures kept government offices and most businesses closed Monday in the Perrysburg area. Perrysburg Schools, Penta Career Center, and Owens Community College are closed today as well.

"It was pretty bad," Mr. Cogan said on his trip to work Monday morning. "Once it went Level 3, I had to call my staff off and we couldn't deliver."

Already there and ready to open, Mr. Cogan kept his Jimmy John's open even without delivery or a staff. His wife Sharon came in to help.

"My first customer was a police officer," Mr. Cogan said. "Folks that have came in appreciate that we're open."

Although business was slow Monday, he had a 50-sub order for a trucking company that had no where else to eat. A few plow truck drivers stopped of to get a quick bite, too.

Perrysburg Police Deputy Chief Jim Rose said street crews did a good job of clearing the roads, but were fighting the winds late Monday.

"People are cooperating and staying in," he said. "Most the businesses are closed. It is dangerous with the wind chills."

Kim Drake of Waterville couldn't take a day off for the United States Postal Service delivering mail in Perrysburg Township. She had her full winter gear, along with a scarf and hat, so only her eyes were uncovered when walking between apartment buildings on Monday. The roads and mailboxes in snow made her rounds much slower.

"It is a challenge," she said. "The township roads are rough, but they are doing the best they can do."

As tough as Monday was for Ms. Drake, she was more nervous about Tuesday because of the forecasted bitter cold, with a high temperature for the day perhaps being below 0.

The Kroger off of U.S. 20 was open and more stocked than over the weekend.

"It is dead in here today," store manager Eric Delaney said. "We were wiped out Saturday, I've never seen it so busy. People were stealing meat from other people's carts."

Mr. Delaney's drive in Monday wasn't too bad, but coworkers from Bowling Green called to say they couldn't get out of their driveways.

Perrysburg's public transportation Ride Right was closed Monday, but had an operator taking calls and requests for the rest of the week. The service plans to be open today, weather permitting.

Gary Britten, road superintendent and project manager for the Wood County engineer, said that high wind gusts and low temperatures expected today means the roads probably won't get better until Wednesday.

Anyone in northwest Ohio who needs heat and shelter is invited to the Perrysburg Heights Community Center at 12282 Jefferson St. It has heat, food, and a shelter open until Wednesday.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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