Private snow plow operators worry about lack of business

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The lack of snowfall in the lower elevations in the 2013-2014 winter is hurting private plow companies. They only had two snow events by January 8.

Private plow companies like GreenLeaf in Spokane started preparing for snow removal around noon Tuesday and kept busy all night and into Wednesday morning.

The first crews were out by 9:00 p.m. to remove an inch of snow on Tuesday night and by midnight, they were working on two inches.

Crews were out deicing for their clients too. Tuesday’s snowfall marked only the second snow event of the season for businesses like GreenLeaf.
   
One of the owners said their drivers depend on more snow to earn extra money. 

“They need this for supplemental income and we really depend on this and it's really sad that we haven't had enough yet this year,” said GreenLeaf owner Jill Gaffney.

One of the owners said they have seen a lot more business in November and December alone in recent years than they have in 2013-2014.

They said they usually do not get any more snow events that call for plows after February.

Drivers and the company are worried they will not get enough business with only about seven weeks left in their usual season.

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