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Published: Wednesday, 1/8/2014

Bitter cold posed more problems in Perrysburg, closings expected Wednesday

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
A look at Louisiana Avenue in downtown Perrysburg on Tuesday night. A look at Louisiana Avenue in downtown Perrysburg on Tuesday night.
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Tuesday was day two under Level 3 snow emergency in Perrysburg, keeping most families at home away from the below 0 temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

Even with temperatures reaching double digits below 0, along with strong winds, the Mercy Medical Center in Perrysburg did not have a frostbite victim as of midday Tuesday.

Nurse LeighAnn Swaggerty said the emergency center has mostly seen its regular coughs, colds, and flu victims. "Nothing out of the ordinary," she said.

Because of the Level 3 snow emergency, Perrysburg Schools, Penta Career Center, Owens Community College, Way Public Library, government offices, and the Perrysburg Municipal Court were closed again Tuesday. Refuse and recycling was also delayed another day. Perrysburg Schools, Penta Career Center, and Owens Community College will be closed again Wednesday.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylynshyn dropping the Level 3 to a Level 2 snow emergency late Tuesday night. The city of Perrysburg's offices are expected to be open Wednesday.

Gary Britten, Wood County roads superintendent and project manager, said the roads were better Tuesday than Monday, but travel still wasn't good. After some county and township plow trucks alternators went out in the cold Monday, Mr. Britten said brakes on Tuesday were freezing up on trucks after a few hours in the cold. 

"It's unsafe for people on the roads," Mr. Britten said Tuesday.

He was encouraging Sheriff Wasylyshyn to keep the Level 3 snow emergency until Wednesday, hoping in the meantime to be able to better clean snow from roads.

"Because of the wind, within a hour since we plow, it doesn't look like it has been plowed," Mr. Britten said.

R.J. Salahat said he drove carefully in an open lane on the highway to get from Toledo to his work at Kazmaier's Market in Perrysburg. He said business on Tuesday was steady with people restocking after being locked in all day.

"There's not a lot of places open," he said. "People whip in here to get what they can and run home."

The Speedway at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Elm Street was open on Tuesday. Samantha Smith said they had customers all day with a lot of milk and kerosene sales. Her drive in wasn't great, but was better than Monday Ms. Smith said.

"People in northwest Ohio haven't seen weather like this in a long, long time," Mr. Britten said.

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



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