Kansas

Incoming winter snow strewn for plow drivers

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some say there has been so little snow these winter months that business is just scraping.

Couple that with other hiccups and it was a tough season for those who depend on snow. But the private plow operators are gearing up for Tuesday night.

“Honestly the weather here lately has seemed more like spring,” said Richard Tufts, owner of Arbor Accents Tree Service.

But how quickly it will change. With plows looking for any opportunity to get on the pavement.

Private plow operators at Lee’s Summit say they’re ready for heavier snow south of Metro.

The area has only received about 2.25 inches of snow thus far. Typically those spots would have already faced about an extra foot of snow this time of year.

Scott Boldrey owns KC Metro Lawn & Snow, which sells bulk salt and snowmelt to independent plows.

He also has a fleet of ploughs, 16, which will set off to brave the bad weather this evening.

He says the lack of snow has left them about half a million dollars behind where they normally would have been. But he says he’s grateful to be back online after catalytic converter thieves targeted his entire fleet last week.

“Everyone comes in in the morning and I hear a truck fire up and it was just as loud as can be. Then the next truck comes on and it’s just as loud as it can be. They’re like, ‘turn ’em all off’ and we’ve looked and checked and almost everyone has been affected,” Boldrey said.

“We have everything on video and the police are working to identify who did it, but yes, it cost us about $38,000 in the last week to get the equipment back up and running,” Boldrey said.

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