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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MIDTOWNPC, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1884422


    25 percent of D.C. plows out of commission
    February 9, 2010 - 11:46am

    WASHINGTON - As the region braces for another major storm, one local government is having trouble keeping their plows on the roads, WTOP has learned.
    As many as 60 of the District's snow plows are not working -- bad news for thousands of residents still waiting for their streets to be cleared.

    According to an internal email obtained by WTOP, 25 percent of the District's snow plow fleet is down and they're having trouble getting replacement parts.

    D.C. is also now rationing their salt supply. The email states they'll have enough to get through the upcoming storm. DDOT has 9,000 pounds of salt on hand, with another 32,000 pounds coming in soon.

    The email also raises concerns about staffing issues. Crews have been working non-stop since the blizzard on Friday.

    Plows will continue to salt streets to prevent re-freezing overnight.

    DDOT is also working to get Bobcats and other front loaders to help with snow removal.

    WTOP's Mark Segraves contributed to this story.

    (Copyright 2010 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

    WASHINGTON - As the region braces for another major storm, one local government is having trouble keeping their plows on the roads, WTOP has learned.
    As many as 60 of the District's snow plows are not working -- bad news for thousands of residents still waiting for their streets to be cleared.

    According to an internal email obtained by WTOP, 25 percent of the District's snow plow fleet is down and they're having trouble getting replacement parts.

    D.C. is also now rationing their salt supply. The email states they'll have enough to get through the upcoming storm. DDOT has 9,000 pounds of salt on hand, with another 32,000 pounds coming in soon.

    The email also raises concerns about staffing issues. Crews have been working non-stop since the blizzard on Friday.

    Plows will continue to salt streets to prevent re-freezing overnight.

    DDOT is also working to get Bobcats and other front loaders to help with snow removal.
     
  2. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    so they only have 4 1/2 yards of salt? :laughing:
     
  3. Evanbrendel

    Evanbrendel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    thats gona last a long time
     
  4. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    I copied and pasted that and saw the same thing... thats NO Salt.

    Just went back to the site and its been changed to TONS.

    Thats a pretty big typo





    Still sounds like a mess.
     
  5. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    And there are still many that love these large storms. The cost of clearing the snow is a small portion of every thing else that goes along with it. Lost sales at all levels of retail. Damage to be paid for by the tax payer and a Country that is still struggling from the recession. Business that can't afford to close for a single hour let alone days.
     
  6. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,061

    i guess it goes both ways thought, everyone does a shopping surge before the storm, everyone fuels up, alot of people break stuff during the storm so it evens out imo.
     
  7. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    They will be digging out for weeks.
     
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    They really don't need salt there .It will not melt 30 inches of snow and it's warm there so not a lot of refreezing going on.
     
  9. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    Right and then insurance claims... flooding, roof problems, collisions ect.
    what a mess.

    Ya they really dont need the salt.