Chesterton Tribune



Two waves of snow drop 6 inches on Duneland

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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 drivers.

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.”

Schnadenberg 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.”

Schnadenberg made 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.”

Meanwhile, plow 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 Tribune.

McKay estimated 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 subdivisions.



Posted 12/12/2016




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