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Snow Means Money for Snow Removal Business
Neighbors are still digging out of the snow from Sunday's storm. While getting stuck on your way to work or having to call for help to get out of the driveway is not ideal, it means big business for some.
As the sky falls silent with fewer snowflakes falling, a white blanket of snow is sticking around from the storm.
"Last night it kept going and three hours later, boom here we go," Stephen Haferteper said.
That snow is leaving Haferteper digging out for work--his street buried in white.
"Usually side streets are the worst," Haferteper said. "If you stop right here you're going to get stuck."
It's a common scenario, and plows are in high demand.
"Good for snow money," John Reece said.
Reece was called to pull out a stuck van peeling rubber trying to get out of the driveway. It's one of 50 calls the private snow plow company received.
"We finished around 3 in the morning and then came back out around 7 a.m.," Reece said.
Across town, Buckley's Prairie Landscaping is working around the clock, clearing business parking lots so customers can get in.
"I've been going about 30 hours," owner Wade Velten said.
"We start opening up lanes so they can still conduct business and then when everybody starts to go home we start clearing them off," Velten said.
Even four-wheelers can be turned into plows. That's what landlord Mike Hoyle did to clear the way for his tenants.
"I hate the snow," Hoyle said. "I want to be someplace where it's warm and sunny."
For now, grab a shovel or call for help, because spring is off to a snowy start.
"We never get what they say, and it kinda happened," Haferteper said.
Things have calmed down tonight, with few snow flurries. If your street has still not been attended to, city crews want you know they are still working around the clock. Sangamon County will remain at a Level 1 Snow Emergency throughout the night, meaning roadways remain hazardous. If you plan to go out tonight, use caution.