LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Less snowfall this winter means less business for snow plow drivers.
Precipitation, whether its rain or snow, is well below average this winter in the WLFI viewing area, according to Precision 18 Meteorologist Balint Szalavari.
That's bad news for snow plow drivers in Tippecanoe County, who depend on steady snowfall every winter.
Joe Weaver, owner of Redlawns Lawncare & Landscaping in Lafayette, says he maintains a contract with a local banking chain, but he's only been called out once to clear snow for a total of three hours.
"I've roughly made around $1,000 and normally by about now we've probably made roughly $11,000-$12,000, so its been a big hit," he says.
But Weaver says it's nothing new — snow removal jobs have slowly dried up over the past several years. He finds himself checking the weather four to five times a day, hoping, praying and keeping his fingers crossed.
"Five years ago, we were busy at least three to four times a month," he says. "This last two months we haven't done nothing at all, so over the five years I'd say it's definitely going down."
Weaver says the cost of buying and maintaining his trucks and plows is huge, so he's looking at other ways to stay busy, like stump-grinding and gutter-cleaning.