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Wood Co. snow emergency controversy

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Bowling Green, OH - Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is under fire for waiting until 7 a.m. on Monday to make the call to go to a Level 3 snow emergency. Plus, he's facing criticism for comments he made Sunday night to 13abc saying, "I think some people want a day off."

13abc's Christine Long is live in Bowling Green continuing our team coverage of the deep freeze.

Wood County remains under a Level 3 snow emergency. The problem is out on the country roads where the heavy wind and drifting snow are undoing all of the hard work by the plows.

This looks like the North Pole.

Maybe, Antarctica or even Hoth.

You expect to see a tauntaun or a polar bear.

But nope, this is Wood County, Ohio, just outside of Bowling Green.

In the city they're bearing down against the arctic blast.

"Oh, it's nice," laughs Randy Kinney as he snow blows his driveway. "Little chilly. Bundled up so I stay a little warm."

"It was buried up to the window here," says Jessica Gregor.

She and her husband are digging out their car which was buried in the snow. It had a foot piled on the roof.

"I've been out here for about 30 minutes and already my hair was frozen. I had to turn my hat around because it was completely iced over," says Gregor.

The couple stayed home from work on Monday, like most people, because at 7 a.m. Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn issued a Level 3 snow emergency, essentially shutting the area down.

However, some residents are criticizing the sheriff for not making the call earlier saying he put lives in jeopardy.

On Sunday night, he told 13abc's Bill Hormann that roads were still passable, even calling out one person who called him.

"He whined about it," Sheriff Wasylyshyn said during Sunday's 11 p.m. newscast. "Then I found out two hours later that he drove six miles to go visit a friend. If you think it's so bad, you can't get out there, you want a level three ... you shouldn't be driving to visit a friend. I think some people want a day off."

On Monday, the sheriff says, "It's between them and their employer. And their employer, even if we're in a level three, says you've got to come to work, you've got to come to work."

Sheriff Wasylyshyn is defending his actions.

"Did we need to be at a level three at four o'clock in the morning? No," says the Wood County Sheriff. "The roads were passable at 4 o'clock in the morning. We've got to take it on what they are at the time. It's a tough decision, I know I'm not very popular right now with a lot of people, but I'm not here for popularity."

Meanwhile, the Gregors couldn't get any traction, but they don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon anyways.

"If we don't have to leave the house at all tomorrow, it would be best," says Gregor.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn says once the wind dies down, he'll lift the Level 3 so that people can resume driving.

Bowling Green State University announced it will remain closed on Tuesday, as well as Bowling Green City Schools.

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