ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, VA (WHSV)-- Local plow truck drivers say they're able to stay safe as they work with businesses to keep parking lots clear.
You would think keeping parking lots clear of snow and ice would be hard enough for plow trucks. The intense snow we picked up Wednesday and Thursday, though, brought it's own specific challenges for drivers.
Some trucks have been going for nearly 24 hours.
Chuck Rodamer, the owner of Rodamer's Landscaping and an expert in snow removal, said he was ready to spring into action as early as Wednesday afternoon.
He and his crews have been kept busy clearing parking space for Sentara RMH since the snow began falling. He said he's glad the worst of it is over.
"It's the cold. Everything is sticking. Early this [Thursday] morning, like 4, we had a big blast of snow. You couldn't see out of the trucks. Defrosters wouldn't take care of it. I broke my one windshield wiper. We've had trouble with pumps freezing up. It's been a challenge," Rodamer explained. He added, though. "We'll work until we finish.”
That's something many plow truckers will tell you. Rodamer has been plowing snow for more than 40 years.
With more than 12 acres of land to clear the snow off of at Sentara RMH, it's no wonder that the snow is piling up quickly.
Paul Antone, the Sentara RMH Grounds Department Supervisor, shared, "We want to make sure the patients make it in safe and all the people who are going to take care of them."
Antone works with contractors to clear the parking lots. Their jobs are made a little easier since most of that land is empty following the storm, but it's this kind of snow that tests the metal of the trucks used to clear it and the patience of those working in it all.
Rodamer concluded, "The roof on the hospital is flat. About 3:30 or 4:00 (a.m.), it was almost a whiteout here. It was snowing hard, and the wind was blowing. There was as much snow coming off the roof as there was out of the sky."
Those are conditions that some of these guys say they live for. Rodamer said they have land that hasn't been developed yet. Once they have the lots cleared, he said they'll load those piles of snow up and take it to that land to dump it, so it can melt and be out of the way.
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