No snow puts damper on plow drivers

BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — No snow is putting a damper ShoreHaven Landscaping. Snow plow drivers are feeling the financial freeze.

“It is warm and there’s no work,” said Bruce Ullerup, owner of ShoreHaven Landscaping.

Ullerup has the snow plows and equipment ready, but with this unseasonably warm weather, he fears losing employees.

“If we go like this through the whole year sometimes I lose employees because they have to go get other jobs just because there’s no snow,” said Ullerup.

Last year, it was the same.

“Two years in a row the whole month of December had no snow, so these guys are really just chomping at the bit to get to work,” said Ullerup.

When there’s no snow, employees keep busy landscaping but to make sure there’s enough snow plow drivers when Mother Nature brings the snow.

“I try to give them a little pay in advance so they can keep up with their bills and I can get it back when we do get snow,” said Ullerup.

Ullerup said last year the snow came late, but they were able to catch up.

“It was snowing two or three times a week. We were able to catch back up,” said Ullerup.

So, he’s keeping an eye on the weather.

“January, February all the models. One of the things that I do pace around the house looking at all the weather channels. Last year was kind of the same thing so we are looking forward to January in hopes that snow does come,” said Ullerup.

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