New Philadelphia, Ohio (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office crews have been responding to calls all over the area trying to make the roads passable for drivers.

Road Superintendent Steve McQueen says they’ve probably had reports of 100 trees or so coming down into roads since around 7 am Sunday.  He says it’s been a long time since they’ve seen anything like this. 

“The challenges are you get up to a tree, and it could be a very, very large tree. Then we need to go back and get equipment. The biggest challenge is at night making sure we’re not power lines and seeing your surroundings when it’s pitch black out,” he says.

McQueen says the crews were responding Sunday and overnight, many of them working 12-plus hours.

“[It’s] pretty much our whole work staff. We’ve had multiple guys out, as many as 10 out at one time throughout this storm,” he says. “Pretty much the whole workforce has been out at one time or another during this storm.”

McQueen is asking that drivers obey any road closed signs that they may come across today.



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