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Mandan Plow Operators Finish Clearing Snow Wednesday

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The city of Mandan finishes clearing the snow off all residential streets and alleys Wednesday afternoon.

After working since around one a.m. Monday morning, plow operators finally get to take a break, but it hasn't been easy.

"Trying to sleep a little bit, eat a little bit, maybe a couple more hours of sleep and then back to work." says Brian Dirk, plow operator.

That's been the routine of a plow operator, like Brian Dirk the last couple of days.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, the job of clearing heavy snow off the roads is finally winding down.

"It was really hard and as you can see we've got most of the machines chained up and without that, we wouldn't get around anywhere." says Dirk.

Nine plows have been working 12 hour shifts from one o'clock a.m. to one p.m.

"Everything went pretty well considering the heaviness of the snow and being wet, 20 inches of snow is tough to move." says Jeff Wright.

Tough to move, with sometimes an added weight on their shoulders.

"Most of the phone calls have been where are you, when are you coming, obviously it's a 20 inch wet snow, takes longer than normal, but I really feel we did a good job getting done in this timely fashion." says Jeff Wright/Director of Public Works.

"You get some thumbs up, you get some other things (laughs) lot of fists shaking on you, we try our best not to put snow in the driveway, lot of times we'll back up and get what we can." says Dirk.

City plow operators aren't the only ones using all their man-power.

"We couldn't wait for the city, I mean the city's got their hands full, so we just had our private contractor do it, otherwise we wouldn't be able to get around." says Mike Hanson, maintenance supervisor.

Maintenance workers at Liberty Heights Retirement Home have a lot of ground to cover, clearing sidewalks and parking lots.

This snow has definitely put a lot of machines--and people through all they can take.

"I'm ready for summer!" says Hanson.

"We actually have gotten some compliments to getting to everybody this morning, it's greatly appreciated, I'm sure the operators will enjoy hearing that." says Wright.

"It's a thankless job but I enjoy it, it's fun." says Dirk.

Although they finished plowing Wednesday afternoon, the Mandan public works director says the snow has put them one day behind in garbage collection.

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