Lost wages due to snow emergency

<font size="2">Tharp said had he not declared the emergency, the result could have been much worse.</font>

Severe weather left Toledo at a standstill earlier this week.

A level three emergency halted normal business, including Schmucker's Restaurant.

Owner Doug Schmucker says, when the service industry is shut down, its employees suffer.

"They will not pay a bill, and pay half of it the next month to make it up, maybe," said Doug.

Luca County Sheriff John Tharp said he considered the impact snow emergencies had on businesses before making his decision.

"We are concerned about people not having enough income, not being able to pay their bills, not being able to buy food for their children," Tharp said.

But Tharp said had he not declared the emergency, the result could have been much worse.

"If someone had died, people would be saying, 'What about the level three? You had the opportunity to do that and you didn't," explained Tharp.

He said he received reports of children walking in the street and nearly being struck by cars, which was an obvious safety concern for him.

He praised the community's cooperation during the emergency, and says it made the long hours of emergency personnel easier.

But for employees at Schmucker's, those days off means that the income is gone forever.

"People don't not eat for a day or two, and then eat triple. We will never make that up. There's no such thing as people making up eating," says Doug.

Things are starting to thaw out, and Schmucker's is getting back to normal.

Sheriff Tharp says, in his 43 years of law enforcement, this winter storm was the worst he's ever seen.