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Published: Wednesday, 1/8/2014

Cold batters Sylvania, with more closings today

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER

As miserably cold temperatures persisted Monday night and Tuesday, Sylvanians hibernated.

Temperatures stayed steady below 0 Monday night and Tuesday until late afternoon afternoon, moving to 1 degree by Tuesday evening.

With Sylvania Schools, Lourdes University, and most public offices closed, the icy streets in both the City of Sylvania and Sylvania Township remained with little traffic. Sylvania Schools is closed again today, and Lourdes was to be shut at least until noon.

Lucas County reinstated a Level 3 emergency early Tuesday, ordering residents to stay off roads. Kevin Aller, Sylvania service director, said crews were still clearing roads from drifting snow. Some businesses still had a few customers trickle in.

Lowe’s on Central Avenue in Sylvania Township close its doors at 5 p.m. Monday and again on Tuesday. Assistant store manager Jamie Brugnon said many customers came for pipe wraps to prevent water pipes from bursting, weather stripping to close off crevices letting in a draft, and also for road salt.

“Oddly, many are also coming in for paint to do interior projects,” he said. The store maintained a hearty stock of supplies, including salt, although snow shovels and snow throwers had light inventories, he said.

Next door at the 24-hour Denny’s restaurant, a good portion of tables were taken by families dining. District manager Thomas Pilbeam, Jr., said the restaurant has stayed open feeding hot meals to those who have been battling the winter storm, such as plow drivers and emergency responders as well as regular families.

Motorists braving the icy roads sought out gas for their vehicles. Brandon Daniels, communications managers for Speedway, said all the locations in the Sylvania area were stocked with gas and open.

Dr. Brian Kaminski, emergency physician at ProMedica Flower Hospital Emergency Center, said there were two confirmed cases of frostbite in Sylvania -- one on Monday and one on Tuesday. He said some people do not cover sensitive areas, such as fingers, toes, head, or ears, when they go outside, believing they will be exposed to extreme temperatures for only a minute or so and thus are safe.

“But you never know how long you’re going to be outside due to the weather. Maybe you have to clear off your car” or some people get stuck on the road, he said. His advice is to always dress as if you will be outside for a prolonged period.

Also at Flower Hospital in recent days were wrist and ankle fractures or sprains from people falling on the ice. 

The hospital also has had an uptick in influenza cases, the doctor said.

Some creatures cannot take shelter from the frigid temperatures, such as animals in Secor and Wildwood Metroparks in Sylvania Township, from birds to foxes. Although the park was closed Tuesday, Metroparks of Toledo naturalist Heather Norris said the snow is a blanket for the park’s inhabitants.

“The snow is actually a good thing when it’s this cold, because it is insulated. Things live underneath the snow. The mice and moles, are fine, they are moving around,” she said.

She said birds have several mechanisms for dealing with the weather, such as puffing up their feathers, and huddling, but if frigid temperatures persist they will need more food.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 



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