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Perrysburg area is 'total mess;' school canceled Tuesday

Roads may not improve until Wednesday

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    Snow blows across State Rt. 25 just south of Perrysburg.

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    A van sits idle off to the side of I-475 just before the State Rt. 25 south exit in Perrysburg.

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Snow blows across State Rt. 25 just south of Perrysburg.

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Heavy snowfall Sunday along with frigid temperatures and high winds caused a Level 3 snow emergency in Wood County which closed Perrysburg City Offices, Perrysburg Municipal Court, Way Public Library, and Perrysburg Township Offices. 

"It's a total mess out there," said Gary Britten, road superintendent and project manager for the Wood County engineer. "Stay home."

City residents refuse and recycling collection will be delayed two days this week. Township residents refuse collection is delayed at least today, which also was when Christmas tree collection was to start.

The Perrysburg Public Safety Services and maintenance department for the township will both stay open trying to clear roads. At full strength, the city and township each have eight plow trucks to clear the roads.

Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler announced on Twitter that schools will remain closed Tuesday because of drifting snow, poor road conditions, and a dangerous wind chill.

Mr. Britten, also a Perrysburg Township trustee, said the township and Wood County have had alternators go out on a few plow trucks. 

"We're doing the best we can," he said. "We're running two trucks together for the safety of the [drivers] and to push it one way - but we are not able to keep up with it."

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A van sits idle off to the side of I-475 just before the State Rt. 25 south exit in Perrysburg.

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With wind gusts and cold weather, if there visibility is too poor, the snowplow drivers will to stop operating.

Mr. Britten said he talked to Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn at about 5 a.m. and most of the county and township roads were OK from the plows. The two talked again at 7 a.m. after the winds kicked up and decided to make the county a Level 3 snow emergency.

"That means the only ones that should be on the roads is really road emergency vehicles," Mr. Britten said.

The township plows have to clover nearly 80 miles of roads. Wood County is responsible for these roads: Oregon, Lime City, Roachton, and Dowling roads, and Tracy Road north of U.S. 20. The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains State Routes 795, 199, 20, 25 and 65.

Mr. Britten said he heard ODOT had to delay clearing secondary roads, such as State Rt. 199, to make sure primary roads stay clear.

The city plows have to cover about 140 miles. These main roads receive priority: All of the Boundary Streets, Brittany Road, Carronade Drive, Eckel Junction Road, Front Street, Indiana Avenue, Jennison Drive, Louisiana Avenue, Maumee-Western Reserve, Roachton Road, Sandusky Street, Three Meadows Boulevard, Wilkinson Way, and Willowbend Road. School zones that receive priority include Fort Meigs Road, Seventh Street, and White Road.

"I would say Wednesday morning," Mr. Britten said when asked when to expect better road conditions. "Not until the wind and cold weather quits. In frigid temperatures the snow is real flaky and blows around."

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

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