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Plow Drivers Work Around the Clock

Conditions were so bad Sunday evening that even plows had to be pulled from cleaning the streets. Ever since sunrise, they've been back to work.
Conditions were so bad Sunday evening that even plows had to be pulled from cleaning the streets. Ever since sunrise, they've been back to work.

Plow drivers have been dominating main roads and neighborhood streets around the clock.

"We’ve had men and women in the plow for 12 hours on 12 hours off,” said Toni Mayo with the Indiana Department of Transportation. “So as you could imagine with fighting everything from snow to drifts to snow pack, they're exhausted.”

Says the plowing has been constant especially because of high winds causing snow to drift after it's been cleared.

"We're going to keep the blades down, the front blades and belly blades down and we're just going to keep busting it," said Mayo.

Mayo says the job a plower has is not simple. When their cars are snowed in, it’s still important for them to find a way to get to work.

"These men and women plow drivers they have to get out of the driveways. They have no choice. When most of us can stay home because of the cold and because of businesses being shut down, they have to get here," said Mayo.

There were very few vehicles on the roads Monday due to a state of emergency that required people to stay home and off the street. Only emergency personnel were allowed and of course the plows to clear their route.

"The best thing people can do is stay off the roads and the let us do our work," said Mayo.

Plow drivers do have a tough job and for everyone's safety, if you're ever driving behind a plow when their blades are down, the best place to be is behind them.

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