Town of Chesterton
roadways were mostly down to bare asphalt this morning, a fact which Street
Commissioner John Schnadenberg attributes to the dedication of his plow
That, and to the
fact that the plows themselves were in continuous operation for more than 36
hours, with the first shift of six drivers working from 7:30 p.m. Saturday
to 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the second of six drivers working until 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, and then the original shift back on duty for another long night of
it, concluding this morning.
At 7 a.m. today the
drivers were touching up here and there and clearing cul-de-sacs. “The
trucks,” he added, “haven’t been off since 7:30 p.m. Saturday.”
figures a total of around six inches of snow fell in two waves, beginning
Saturday evening. That first wave largely tapered off by mid-day on Sunday,
the roadways were black and wet by early evening, and the plow drivers were
fixing to head home, when Mother Nature decided to press Restart.
“We knew a second
wave was coming,” Schnadenberg said. “We were ready to go home. And then the
skies just opened up and another two inches fell.”
“My plow drivers
make a difference,” he emphasized. “They’re always ready to come out and do
their job. We’re a little different from a factory. If one of my guys calls
off, that’s an area of road that won’t get plowed. They’re dedicated and
they come out and make their area of roads safe. That’s what dedicated
employees are all about.”
note of one other thing: on Thursday and Friday, in advance of the predicted
storm, his drivers laid a coat of salt brine on the roads, to get a head
start on melting the snow which was still hundreds of miles to the west.
“That saved a couple of hours of overtime,” he said. “It definitely paid off
to do that.”
drivers this morning in the unincorporated county were working to scrape off
the slush and snow before the deep freeze hits later this week, acting
Porter County Highway Superintendent Andy McKay told the Chesterton
that the job should be done by mid-afternoon today.
For the most part,
McKay said, it was a routine snow fall: few or no abandoned vehicles
clogging roadways and not that many vehicles parked on the street in the