It’s been 40 years since the blizzard of the century struck the Midwest, paralyzing travel, and taking the lives of 70 persons. While that storm brought the worst of weather, with two feet of snow, winds of up to 70 miles per hour, and wind chill factors at minus 70. It also brought-out the best in communities, with residents huddling together to pull-off rescue efforts in dangerous conditions. More than 5,000 national guard troops were dispersed in all 88 counties of Ohio, some staying on duty for 11 days in response to Governor Jim Rhodes call. 800 vehicles and 45 helicopters were put into service that week to evacuate motorists, deliver supplies, and remove snow. The damage from the blizzard of 1978 topped 120 million dollars in Ohio alone. But there were also stories of courage and determination that are recalled four decades later.
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