Local doctors, vets won't be stopped by snow

February 2, 2011 2:15:22 PM PST
Even with all those snow emergencies, plenty of emergency crews had to get in to work today. In one case, they did it thanks to some volunteer help.13abc's Lissa Guyton started out at five in the morning with road crews in Sylvania as they made their way into Toledo. They saw everything from wet pavement to slippery, snow-covered roads. But emergencies obviously don't stop just because of bad weather.

Crews headed down Talmadge to Central and the Toledo Hospital. No matter what the weather, Toledo Hospital runs 24/7, but getting doctors and other emergency personnel to work can be tough. That's where volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles come in.

Whenever there is a Level 3 snow emergency, ProMedica activates a command center to coordinate a volunteer effort to pick up and drop off employees.

The Animal Emergency and Critical Care Clinic never closes either. Since the snow started last night, vets have handled all kinds of cases.

"We got hit hard. We had seven animals come in in one hour time period," says Dr. Kittsen McCumber. "They were all true emergencies and critical cases that you wouldn't want to be stuck at home with. We had a couple dogs with seizures for the first time, one having trouble giving birth, and dog fights."

While travel was tough on many roads, plenty of people are anxious to get out and make tracks in the snow. Winter weather was welcome news at Mountain Man Sports.

"We've had quite a few people in and out all day who are excited about the snow," says owner Jim Wenberg. "They are looking for cross country ski equipment and snow shoes, and that's a good thing that people are getting out and enjoying it as well."

Even though the Level 3 snow emergency has been lifted in Lucas County, they are still finishing up the "code white" at Toledo Hospital. That's because all the people who got a ride in with volunteers this morning still need a ride home tonight.

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