By Michael Ullery
January 2, 2014
MIAMI COUNTY — It was a busy day Thursday on the roadways for the Miami County sheriff’s deputies, with many accidents being caused by the snowy conditions.
There were more than a dozen auto accidents reported to the sheriff’s office by 3 p.m. However, there was only one accident with an injury to a driver being reported.
That accident occurred at 8:38 a.m. by Bob’s Auto Repair, 507 N. Elm St. (County Road 25-A), in Troy. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, the driver of the vehicle hit a guard rail and flipped over on its roof. Troy Medic 1 and Troy Engine 1 responded to the scene. Injuries were unknown, but nobody required serious medical treatment.
Here’s a roundup of all the other accidents that occurred on the roadways Thursday:
Thursday’s Accidents: • Accident, 2:38 pm. on State Route 41 and Hufford Rd, no injuries reported. • Accident, 2:17 p.m. McKaig Avenue, no injuries reported. • Accident, 1:59 p.m., location: 6536 State Route 718, Pleasant Hill, no injuries reported • Accident, 12:45 pm. on State Route 185 and State Route 48, no injuries reported. • Accident, 12:43 p.m. at Ross Road and Wildcat Road, Bethel Township, no injuries reported. • Accident, 11:10 a.m. near 10005 N. Lockington Road, Piqua, no injuries reported. • Accident, 10:20 a.m. State Route 41 and Knoop Road, Troy, no injuries reported. • Accident, 9:05 a.m. at Clevenger Road, Piqua, no injuries reported. • Accident, 7:28 a.m. at State Route 48 and Crescent Drive, Newberry Township, no injuries reported. • Accident, 6:48 a.m. at State Route 571 and 201 in Bethel Township, no injuries reported. • Accident, 6:38 a.m. at Kessler-Frederick Road and Crow Road, Tipp, no injuries reported. • Accident, 5:36 a.m. at S. Market St. and W. Market St. Troy, no injuries reported. • Accident, near 8444 E. State Route 41, Troy, no injuries reported.
“Sunday and Monday are sounding a lot worse with what they’re saying it’s going to be,” Duchak said.
Local schools have felt the brunt of snowy conditions early into the winter season, as well.
Thursday was supposed to be Troy’s first day back to school since the holiday break — but it didn’t happen with snow moving through the Miami Valley in early the morning hours.
It was Troy’s second snow day this school year, just two weeks into winter.
“I think we’ve been spoiled the last few years; we’ve been blessed with having great winter months,” Troy City Schools’ Superintendent Eric Herman said. “Now that we’re getting into winter, it’s been cold and snowy — it has been a typical Midwest winter.”
Herman said the weather conditions caused the cancellation of Trojan’ sporting events Thursday, as well. He also added that with the way things are going, that there could be closings in the future at Troy, which could result in extended time at school for students.
“We still have all of January and February to go through,” he said. “I heard they are expecting another big storm to come through on Sunday.”
Miami East has already had three days of school closings — and Superintendent Todd Rappold said that Thursday probably would have been the fourth if East had been scheduled to resume classes.
The Miami East School District will start back up Monday, assuming the weather cooperates.
“In 20 years, I can’t ever remember having to use three days before Christmas,” Rappold said. “I think winter is coming back with a vengeance.”
Miami East has five state-approved days of cancellations, along with three board approved ‘E-Days’ — where students do electronic assignments from home — before having to go extended time into the summer. If 75 percent of those assignments are completed from home on ‘E-Days,’ Miami East doesn’t have to make up those days.
“We’ve never had to utilize those programs,” Rappold said. “Having to use three days before Christmas, I’m assuming we may have to use those (this school year).”
The forecast is calling 100 percent chance of snow in the area on Sunday, with a potential chance for big accumulation.
In the northern portion of Miami County in Piqua there were only a couple of weather-related accidents, none of them serious.
Police Chief Bruce Jamison contributed the low amount of minor collisions to attentive drivers and weather forecasts, in addition to the well-plowed streets in Piqua by the city’s street department.
“We’ve had similar numbers of accidents on bright and sunny days,” Jamison said. “I think our street department is smart in the way they choose to handle the roads … and because of that we’re able to help minimize accidents.”
The Piqua Police Department did have one problem with Thursday’s weather: one police cruiser would not start and had to be towed from the police department for repairs.
“One of our biggest challenges is keeping our own cars running and reliable,” Jamison said.
Will E Sanders, Piqua Daily Call, contributed to this report.
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Will E Sanders
MIAMI COUNTY — With temperatures dipping as low as the single digits, gusting winds and another batch of snow forecasted for the tail-end of the weekend, residents are encouraged to be mindful when it comes to their furry, four-legged pets, experts say.
“It’s important to remember that if it is cold for us, then it’s cold for them as well,” said Lisa Nadasi, D.V.M. at Oakview Veterinary Hospital in Piqua. “Obviously, it is ideal to bring (your pets) inside.”
If bringing a pet inside is not feasible, Nadasi recommended letting a pet sleep in a garage overnight or for cats insulating a box or a shelter and insulating it with either blankets or hay.
Also just as important, Nadasi said, is providing a heated water bowl, which are relatively inexpensive.
Making sure that a pet or a pet’s shelter is not in direct line with any strong winds or wind chill is also a good idea.
“Check on them often to make sure they are OK and have plenty of food,” she also recommended. “Food will provide warmth for them.”
Other tips include providing appropriate shelter and canine clothing for dogs that are more affected by colder weather.
Pet owners should be careful to never leave a dog outside for a long time in freezing conditions and never to keep an indoor dog outdoors suddenly since dogs need time to acclimatize to drastic temperature changes.
Even more important than pets are humans, and the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided several winter weather tips to stay warm, safe and healthy when the mercury drops, including:
• Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
• After the storm, be extremely careful if you have to shovel snow. It is physically strenuous work, so take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.
• Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Watch for symptoms of frostbite, including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.
• Avoid frozen pipes — run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
• Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.