Nick McWilliams reporting – With a devastating snowstorm now past in Buffalo, New York, and cleanup underway, the Ohio Department of Transportation is sending aid east.

A total of 28 ODOT workers were sent out Thursday to give a helping hand, including 12 tandem dump trucks, two utility mechanic trucks, and four pickups from Ashtabula.

One of those workers, Andy Jackson, who is based out of Ashtabula, said that while it’s difficult to leave home around the holidays, he and many of the workers traveling to a different state are happy to give a helping hand.

“It’s tough being away from the kids, but they realize what we do for a living, and they know the need that Buffalo is going through right now. Any help that we can give them — we know in any situation like this, help is always needed and wanted from anyone who is willing to volunteer.”

The workers are from District 4 and District 12, along with District 11, which encompasses Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison, and Holmes Counties.

The six workers and one manager from District 11 are from Columbiana County, which is also a part of District 11.

The six-day deployment will involve two 12-hour shifts for the ODOT workers, who are expected back in the state on Tuesday.

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