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As the Miami Valley continues to get pummeled with winter storms, the near-record amount of snow and ice creates multiple problems for public works departments.

“We’ve been pretty much doing winter since the middle of November, and every other week we’ve been dealing with a snow, or snow and ice event,” said Fred Stovall, Dayton’s Public Works director.

State officials say heating assistance will be available again this winter to eligible Ohio households.

The HEAP Winter Crisis Program is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency's Office of Community Assistance. It assists qualified Ohioans with winter heating costs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

The agency says the program will provide assistance once per heating season to eligible households threatened with disconnection or that have been disconnected. It also provides help to those with less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.

Today's winter storm is making some travel treacherous, and with gusty winds in the forecast Wednesday, there's a potential for power outages across the Miami Valley. Tom Foder with the Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross says when that happens, it's important to take safety precautions. Foder warns that using generators or other heating sources can be dangerous if not used correctly.