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Snow Storm Opens Opportunities for Private Plows


DELAWARE - In the aftermath of a storm that left about five inches of snow in Sussex County, the area is beginning the cleanup process. Hundreds of public plows have hit the streets, but on top of that, an entire industry of private companies have emerged to capitalize on the falling snow.  

Each time it snows, there is a gold rush of sorts on the Delaware roadways, to cleanup the lots of the various businesses in the county. Bobby Webb of Dixie Construction, said it's been a busy process. 

"About 12 - 12 hours," he said, standing in front of his truck. "By the end of the day today when I get home, I will have worked 12 hours."

While most were sleeping, Webb was on the streets throughout the night. He said this is because they understand that time is money in this business. The chance to clean the roads is an opportunity that more and more businesses are competing for he said. 

"We're working," he said. "We're working so you can get up tomorrow and go to the grocery store, and go to the bank. And do your shopping without slipping and falling." 

The most recent storm has created a hodge-podge of obstacles for these companies. The primary roadblocks have been the low temperatures and the high winds. The low temperatures make the salt less effective, and the high winds make drifting more of an issue. When the snow "drifts," it forces drivers to re-plow certain areas. 

Gary Conaway has been cleaning roads in the Georgetown area for years. He said he does it primarily to help out his neighbors. 

"They don't have to call me anymore," he said. "I just go out when I think it's necessary."

Conaway is a farmer, and has a truck at his fingertips. Although offering a helping hand is the primary goal, he acknowledged there is a financial token involved with such work.

"Well, they really like me this time of year," he said of his neighbors. "They like seeing me come by." 

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