Plows Prep For Wednesday's Winter Wallop 2-01-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Plows Prep For Wednesday's Winter Wallop 2-01-2011

The impending arrival of a huge snowstorm had snowplow drivers scrambling to prepare Tuesday.
WNEM TV5 caught up with one of those drivers and to get an idea of just what he'll be dealing with when the blizzard hits.
"As soon as I turned 16, I started plowing snow," said Joe Garpiel, with Garpiel Landscaping.
Garpiel is a veteran snowplow driver. He was busy Tuesday checking his rig, making sure everything is in working order so he can do his job in the early morning hours.
"We do an inspection of all of our hoses, we make sure all of our hoses are in good condition [and] there are no cracks or frays in them,” said Garpiel. “We inspect all of our springs, make sure they're nice and tight, make sure there's no cracks in them. If a spring goes bad or a hose goes bad that will usually put a truck down."
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Garpiel heads up the snowplow operations of his family business. His No. 1 priority is the safety of the employees and the customers he serves. He gave TV5 an idea of what he will probably encounter with this storm.
"It's very difficult, in a snow like this, especially when they're calling for 30 to 40 mile an hour winds, it gets difficult to see snow plows [because they] kick up a lot of snow,” said Garpiel. “It just adds an element to the duties of being a professional snowplow driver."
Four-hundred tons of salt was being delivered to the yard that Garpiel works out of just as TV5 finished talking with him. It’s part of the supplies that his company will use to battle the snow headed our way.
Garpiel said he's going to get plenty of rest leading up to doing his job early Wednesday morning. He’ll most likely be working for more than 12 hours on Wednesday clearing parking lots and driveways.
Meanwhile, the winter storm is even shutting down the Michigan legislature.
The state Senate and House have canceled sessions and committee meetings scheduled for Wednesday and possibly Thursday, depending on how the digging out goes.
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