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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
November 15,  2002

ODOT Crews Assist Tornado Victims with Cleanup

Columbus Nearly a week has passed since a thousand-mile-wide string of tornados destroyed towns and villages from the Gulf to the Great Lakes. And for just as long, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been working to assist Ohios victims put their lives back together.

"We have been out there from sunup to sundown for nearly a week helping to rebuild the storm-damaged areas," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "Our people live and work in these communities and Im proud of their efforts."

ODOT workers from the five declared disaster counties (Ottawa, Seneca, Putnam, Paulding and Van Wert) have been cleaning debris, replacing destroyed signs and pitching in wherever possible. ODOT has provided dump trucks, loaders, semi trucks, chainsaws and brush chippers to aid in the cleanup effort.

State workers are helping to repair the Van Wert County Engineer's dump trucks. The department has also allowed the county engineer to use one of ODOTs unoccupied county garages because the engineers equipment storage facility was completely destroyed.

"Were working very hard," said Don Taylor, ODOT Van Wert County manager. "Ive gotten nothing but good reports about our people."

In Paulding County, workers are picking up debris along the state right of way. "Were just cleaning up debris as were alerted to it," said Marshall Davis, ODOT Paulding County manager. "Its something weve got to do and were helping out the best we can."

There are 25 workers from ODOTs Ottawa County garage, along with support from the ODOTs Lucas, Wood, and Sandusky County garages, assisting in cleanup efforts in storm-damaged Port Clinton.

ODOTs Ottawa County Manager, Steve Durnwald, has worked with local emergency management officials to direct crews to clear debris so power lines can be repaired and power restored in Port Clinton.

Also, workers from ODOTs Seneca County garage have been assisting cleanup efforts in Clinton Township, just south of Tiffin. Crews have been working in the city of Fostoria to assist in the replacement of traffic control and route marker signs lost or damaged during the storms on Sunday.