Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA – Dangerous wind chills swept into the county Sunday evening after a steady dose of rain that turned to snow. By 10 a.m. Monday morning the National Weather Service forecast for Miami County listed partly cloudy with areas of blowing snow and a high of 0 to 5 degrees and wind speeds of 25 mph. making for below 40 wind chills. Things won’t improve tonight either as winds continue at 20 to 25 miles per hour and temperatures hanging around 10 below, again making it feel twice as bad.
For those who need shelter, the Miami Valley Centre Mail will be open all night tonight. Anyone needing to stay at the mall are asked to enter through the food court entrance.
While noting ice played the biggest havoc in the area, Gary Huff, city manager, stated the city maintained power throughout the weekend and city leaders are not anticipating any issues at this point. The only concern is the chemicals used on the streets to battle ice. Delivery has been delayed as some of the surrounding areas are under Level 3 snow emergencies.
As of 9:30 a.m. Monday, Miami County is under a Level 1 snow emergency.
Those who need a hand during this time, such as shoveling a walk or driveway may seek the aid of the city’s INVOLVE (Interested Neighbors Volunteering Valuable Energy) program. Touching base with William (Bill) Lutz, development program manager, INVOLVE volunteers were last out in full force during the storm clean up in summer 2012.
According to Lutz, the group collectively put in some 20 hours of service and removed two trees.
If in need of services, Lutz encourages anyone to contact him at 778-2062.
While street crews work round the clock and trash pickup remains on schedule, some business and most schools were closed; those included Piqua city schools and the Miami County Park District Parks and Offices.
More information at www.piquaoh.org