Pounds: FrozenWritten by Tom Pounds | President / Publisher | email@example.com
It’s a wonderful movie but “Frozen” is a terrible adjective.
We have enjoyed relatively mild winters during the past few years, but that was scant comfort this week as temperatures hit record lows and nearly a foot of snow clung to roads.
Despite the potential for disaster, Lucas County and Toledo pulled through remarkably well.
Plow crews, unable to use salts and chemicals at the subzero temperatures, worked tirelessly to push the snow off of roads. Communication flowed well from city and county government to media and citizens. Whether it was snow emergency status, school closings or weather updates, there was no lack of information.
There were legitimate worries about area infrastructure, but for the most part, our electric, natural gas and water supply systems came through with flying colors.
Businesses and the area’s major institutions — from the Metroparks to Levis Commons to Hollywood Casino Toledo — smartly closed during level three snow emergency times.
The Area Office on Aging and the local American Red Cross chapters operated heating centers and provided breakfast to those needing shelter.
The one area we could work harder on for the next cold weather event is understanding and obeying snow emergency laws. These statuses are designed to keep roads accessible for public safety workers during dangerous times.
From Toledo News Now:
“Ohio counties issue snow emergencies on three levels.
“LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
“LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
“LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
“Michigan counties do not issue snow emergencies, but handle road closures and driving restrictions on a case-by-case basis.”
During this week’s level three events, far too many people with casual motivations tried to travel; many of them endangered themselves and others for no reason.
Cabin fever is real, but an extra day at home does not justify violating safety laws. Overall, our region faced down the storm and came though intact. That’s a tribute to the intelligence of our citizens and the professionalism of those in charge of our public safety.
Pass the cocoa.
Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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