Slow winter costs private plow drivers half their normal income

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 8:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The snowfall Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning kept private plow companies busy. It was a welcome change to the weather.

The snowfall helped bring in some money for the drivers and business owners of plowing companies. They said the 2013 to 2014 winter season is shaping out to give them about half the business they usually see during the winter.

"It's been exciting because people here in Spokane call the snow, liquid gold,” said Randy Spies with Neighborhood Fence.

The late January snowfall was only the third time the plows have been called out and they said the first two snow days were only about half the normal workload they get.

The owner of the local plow company Neighborhood Fence said their business is down 75% compared to a normal snow season.

"No way, there's no way, there's no comparison, you can't count on it anymore,” said Spies.

More snow means more money for drivers. It is an income they depend on.

Neighborhood Fence had three crews working Wednesday and the company has kept on all of their drivers year round.

"They count on it, they really do, and it helps you get through the winter,” said Spies.

Constantly sanding and rock salting driveways while keeping the pavement showing at all times keep the plowing companies busy.

"We had to keep these sidewalks cleared all day long, for just their safety, we got to keep people safe out here,” said Spies.

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