The official snowfall total from the recent snowstorm during the first week of February was 12.7", putting this storm at sixth on the record snowfall totals for the Sylvania area.
Larger storm snowfall totals are February 28, 1900 - 20.2", February 21, 1912 - 15", February 15, 2021 - 14.5", February 20, 1912 - 13" and January 5, 2014 - 13". The Blizzard of 1978 totaled 12", but the far greater winds and snow drifting, the subzero temperatures and the thick ice under the snow created many more problems and hardships.
For the recent snow storm the 11 drivers of the Streets Division were assigned into two groups working 12-hour shifts. The first group started at 7:30 A.M. on Wednesday.
They worked around the clock until 8:00 P.M on Friday, only shutting off the trucks long enough between shifts to refuel and check the trucks and plows for any possible hydraulic leaks or broken parts and make any repairs.
In addition to the regular hours, 88 hours of overtime were used. Further, Parks and Forestry Division workers cleared municipal parking lots and sidewalks, including bridge sidewalks, around the City.
The Lucas County Sheriff declared a Level 2 snow emergency for all of Lucas County. Schools were closed and traffic levels were reduced allowing snow removal crews to work more efficiently.
A Sylvania snow emergency was declared because four or more inches of snow was forecast. During snow emergencies, parking is not permitted on City streets to allow the snow plows to efficiently clear the streets, and also keep the streets wide enough for emergency vehicles to respond to calls for service.
Our State Routes (Monroe Street and Alexis Road), other main roads and secondary streets were salted 100 percent, while residential streets were salted at intersections, speed bumps, hills, curves, and dead ends. The main and secondary roads are cleared first before crews moved onto neighborhood streets.
Approximately 472 tons of road salt were used. Because of the rain that came ahead of the snowstorm, brine was not applied prior to the storm.
We had three trucks that suffered mechanical issues that our Vehicle Maintenance Manager Jason Music quickly repaired to keep our fleet on the road.