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DIVISION OF COMMUNICATIONS - 1980 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223




Bowling Green (Monday, September 15, 2008)Several state roadways are closed or restricted due to Sunday’s wind storm damage. There are no reports of major damage in District Two (Lucas, Henry, Fulton, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties). Motorists are advised to be aware of wind damage when traveling outside of the local area. For the latest road closure information, log onto www.buckeyetraffic.org.

* As of 11am, ODOT had 23 state roadways closed or restricted due to wind storm damage, including downed trees and power lines.
* Across the state, more than 400 traffic signals on state roadway systems were not functioning. Critical intersections are being supplied with generator backup, as available. It is important for motorists to treat these intersections as they would a four-way stop (more safety tips below).

From Ohio EMA:
*Governor Strickland will brief the media at 1:00pm today on the state's efforts. The news event is in the Governor's Office at the Statehouse.
*The state's Emergency Operations Center has been opened. ODOT is working with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Public Safety to address safety concerns statewide.

Travel Safety Tips:
* If traffic signals are out, or flashing red, come to a full stop at every intersection, and proceed as you would at a four-way stop.
* In the aftermath of a major storm, be aware of hazards presented by downed power lines. If you see a power line on the ground, stay at least 10 feet away from the wire and secure the area to keep others away, too.
* DO NOT attempt to remove a tree limb or other object from a power line. Electricity can travel through limbs, especially when they are wet.
* When cleaning up after the storm, make absolutely sure that no power lines are near before cutting or trimming damaged trees and removing debris from your property.

For more information, contact: Theresa Pollick (District Two Office Communications) at 419-373-4428.
For information on road closures, click on www.buckeyetraffic.org