The last round of snow isn’t even cleared yet and we’re expecting another several more inches Saturday. It’s may only be mid-January, but Hoosiers and businesses are feeling the strain of this winter.
In his 20 years in the business, Chris Arney, operations director for EA Outdoor Services, said it’s the worst and busiest winter he’s ever worked.
“We’re tried. We’d like a break. We’d like a break for more than a night,” said Arney “We’ve put a whole season’s worth of work on our fleet already.”
The outdoor maintenance company that services to Indianapolis and Carmel have already made 10-percent more in snow removal than what it makes for an entire season. Its crew members have also worked 26 days in the month of January alone.
“When we had a foot of snow, you don’t keep up,” said Arney. “That’s crisis management. If you are at a place that sells hamburgers, you’re probably not going to get service first before a place that does dialysis.”
EA Outdoor Services contracts with the city for snow removal. Maintenance crews have been salting sidewalks and making truck repairs in preparation for this weekend’s snow.
“Last week’s brutally cold weather wreaks havoc on just about everything that we do,” he said.
Last week’s historic storm cost the city $5.1-million, eating up nearly three-quarters of the city’s snow budget. City officials said they will have to look for additional assistance for the rest of the season.