SNOW

By mid-afternoon Dec. 24, it was clear to the pleasure of some and the  consternation of others, that residents would be seeing a white Christmas this year.

That’s also about the time the Sylvania Township police department called the road department to alert them that some streets were becoming dangerous to drive on.

“That’s how we do it.  We knew from the predictions that we’d probably be salting and plowing, but the police are out there and they let us know when it’s needed, Rob Nash, superintendent of the road department, said.

What couldn’t be forecast was the amount of work which would be involved “I got the call at about 2:30 p.m. on the 24th, and we didn’t stop working until about 8 p.m. on Christmas,” he said. “The snow just kept coming,” he added.

Mr. Nash estimated that between 4 and 5 inches blanketed much of the township before finally tapering off.

The first shift was for 16 hours and then were relieved by the remainder of the eligible employees and temporary employees for an 8 hour shift.

The original crew came back after 8 hours off and resumed the work until it was done. Mr. Nash said “This allowed all employees time home on Christmas day.”

“Work like that is tough.  It really takes a couple of days to recover, but our crews did a really good job.”

“It’s up to us to provide safe roads for our residents and that’s what I think we did,” Mr. Nash added.

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