Plow drivers cashing in on all these storms

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Take a look at most parking lots and you see plows clearing the way Tuesday while the drivers are clearing some pretty big paychecks.

In December and most of January, when there were no major storms, some plow drivers wished for a pay day like this, and now it’s here.

“Everybody was a little worried we weren’t going to get any snow,” said Bill Sousa with Lake Lawn Care. “I think we should be careful what we wish for.”

Sousa gets paid by the hour, and in some storms he is out for 20 hours straight.

“We do alright,” said Sousa. “Maybe not as much as the boss, but, no, yeah, we do alright.”

So do city and state plow drivers who are also plowing their way to the bank with lots of overtime. Still, some say it’s too much of a good thing, and it’s taking a toll on them.

“Might say ‘yeah it’s gonna start at three o’clock’ you’re up looking out the window and don’t start ’til seven, and, you know, that type of stuff,” said Sousa. “It’s a job, and then it’s not just the plowing, you have to take care of the equipment.”

2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza in New London has made some money when the snow falls. Most of its employees can walk to work, so it has stayed open during all of the storms, giving those snowbound in downtown New London and others a place to go.

“The fire and ambulance people and the plow guys, they know that we’re open, so we’re one of the only people that is open,” said owner Amy Sarcia.

Sarcia was able to get a seasonal rate with her plow service so she hasn’t had to pay per storm. However, she did have to pay an extra $1,200 recently because she needed to hire someone to remove all the piles of snow from her small Huntington Street lot.

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