Snow Storm Keeps Plows Busy

The City of Lansing's garage is a very busy place.

Snowplows and salt trucks roll in and out, replenishing their supplies before being sent back out to the streets.

"This has been a persistent storm," said Scott House, interim deputy director of the city's public service department. "We've had crews working since Friday night. It's our mission to clear the streets as quickly as possible"

To do so, the city is at full staff. Twenty-five to 30 trucks patrol the roads as a complete team of mechanics and supervisors work behind the scenes.

House says the priority is the major streets. More residential neighborhoods come later.

"It's imperative that we don't have people parking on the street overnight," said House. "It makes it very hard for drivers to plow, or the worst case is they get plowed in and nobody wants to be plowed in. So we need people to help us."

The Ingham County Road Commission is putting all hands on deck. Workers say it's frustrating battling constant snowfall and gusty winds that can wipe out progress.

But the snow is good news for towing and plowing companies like Hidy's in Lansing. President David Hidy says he can make up to 30 percent of his profits in a good winter.

Hidy started work at 4:30 a.m. to service 140 commercial and residential customers. He always makes sure his cars are maintained, gassed and ready to go when winter comes along.

"We waited a long time for snow like this," he said. "I like to pull the covers up too at two o'clock [in the morning] but you know it's income for my shop, it's a big part of my business. It's the repair, it's the towing, it helps the economy here in Lansing."

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