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      Essential personnel work through frigid weather

      Residents that are considered essential personnel worked to keep Toledo clear and safe during Tuesdayâ??s Level 3 Snow Emergency.

      Private plows and city crews worked tirelessly to clear the snow-covered and icy roads.

      â??Theyâ??re pretty exhausted, weâ??ve been running 12-hour shifts now for a week,â?? said David Pratt, Acting Commissioner for Toledo Streets, Bridges and Harbors. â??Our crews before that had gone through another period of five days with 12-hour shifts.â??

      Safety workers also braved the sub-zero temperatures. Police, fire and medical emergency crews rushed to blazes across the city, some resulting from the frigid weather.

      "It's people running their heat continuously to keep up with the heat loss in their house,â?? said Dennis Facer, Toledo Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief. â??Or itâ??s the electrical stuff, people plugging in one more item and they're popping the breaker."

      Hospitals also remained staffed. TARTA buses were running for residents who were barred from driving during the Level 3 Snow Emergency.

      Although the snow emergency has been reduced to Level 2, residents are still cautioned to follow routine safety practices on the roadways and in their homes. VIEW: Latest list of schools closings and cancellations