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15 ODOT crews battled storm to keep roads passable

K-9 Toney plays in snow reaching nearly as high as her belly in East Palestine on Monday morning. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)

LISBON — Winter Storm Izzy came into Columbiana County Sunday evening and dumped nearly a foot of snow throughout the area mostly during the overnight and morning hours.

While many county residents spent part of the day Monday unburying their vehicles and sidewalks, making pathways to get outside, others had already been out since before it started trying to keep the roads open as much as possible.

Manager Jeff Wessling at the Columbiana County Ohio Department of Transportation garage said Monday afternoon there were 15 crews out, with crews out working since the snowstorm started. The trucks were trying to keep up with the storm that was predicted to dump an inch an hour at times through the night.

He believed the northern end of the county may have gotten hit a little bit harder than the southern end, but only by an inch or two, which is not really noticeable when you are driving around. A measurement in East Palestine came in just under 11 inches.

Wessling said all the trucks were expected to be back at it at midnight again. With colder weather on the way through the rest of the week and possibly more snow and wind, what fell is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Neither of the local electric companies, Ohio Edison, with customers across the northern part of Columbiana County, nor American Electric Power in the southern part of the county, reported any outages as the storm died down on Monday afternoon.

County schools may have been off on Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday, but the first notable snow of the season will mean another day for many. As of Monday evening the following schools had already called off for Tuesday: Beaver Local, the CCCTC, Columbiana, Crestview, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Leetonia, Lisbon, Robert Bycroft, Salem, Sebring, Southern Local, South Range, Springfield, United Local and Wellsville.

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