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Plow operators log some long hours

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Tuesday was a busy day for crews trying to keep roadways clear across the state.

The constantly falling snow is making it tough keeping up with the task. Some road crew workers were on the job Monday night and most likely won't be done until sometime Tuesday.

"It's a nonstop storm you're continually going round and round," said Howie Leighton,a plow operator with South Portland Public Services.

When a winter storm hits Leighton is part of the South Portland crew that's first to show up and the last to leave. He came in at 9 p.m. Monday to catch some sleep on a cot, before starting salting operations at 2 a.m. A few hours later, it was on to a long day of plowing.

"With the wind and the drifting and everything its just a battle. As soon as we get the roads plowed back the winds blowing the snow back, drifting the road back," he said.

Leighton said after plowing through the night there will be one last round of salting before his shift finally comes to an end sometime Wednesday.


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