Plow truck operators have been working to keep up with the back to back snow storms that decorated our area with over two feet of snow this week.


Plow truck operators have been working to keep up with the back to back snow storms that decorated our area with over two feet of snow this week.
Karen Dussinger, PennDOT spokesperson for District #4, urged the public to have patience. She reminded drivers to allow at least six car lengths behind a plow truck, to avoid collisions and ant-skid material being dispersed. “The average snowplow truck weighs 50,000 pounds while the average car weighs about 3,000 pounds,” said Dussinger. “Be extra careful and not take chances around snowplows.”
Hawley Borough had extra help this year from a contracted plower (Gibbons). Council President Don Kyzer  said that their borough crew worked with two trucks and a front end loader to push the snow into piles. Kyzer estimated it may take as long as two weeks for the contractor to remove the great piles of snow, which are taken to Riverside Park.
The crew is working to clear catch basins out of concern of flooding once temperatures rise next week, Kyzer said. He estimated that they  received about 22 inches of snow.
Waymart Borough faced a crisis when the storm began. The day before the first storm, Council President Chip Norella said, their lone dump truck broke down. It appears to be the transmission, and there was not time to get it fixed in time.
Thanks to an outpouring of community support, however, the streets have been cleared quicker than normally expected, Norella stated. Waymart Builders, Grimm Construction and Waymart Area Authority pitched in with vehicles and manpower. Grimm brought six trucks. They assisted their two man Public Works Department, Rocky Edwards who used his personal truck, and Teddy Barna, who operated their recently acquired backhoe.
As in Hawley and Honesdale, residents are required to clean their sidewalks of snow and ice. Norella said that although Waymart’s ordinance gives residents 12 hours, due to the amount of snow, the borough will exercise patience.
In Honesdale, the Public Works Department was out through the night battling Thursday’s storm. City Hall was closed Friday. Council President Ed Langendoerfer was out helping their six-man road crew. He said that they have about 19 miles of road to plow; there was so much drifting it took about six or seven passes to clear a street.
“Please smile and offer an appreciative wave if you see one of our workers out and about,” Mayor Jonathan Fritz said in a prepared statement.  “These two storms have been particularly challenging because they were back-to-back. A not so subtle reminder of what old man winter is capable of. We ask that people proceed with caution. Sight lines in some places are diminished because of snow piles. Please be courteous and check on your nearby resident; do they need help? Are they elderly and, perhaps, over doing it? This is a key time to be considerate and neighborly. Times like this remind us how lucky we are to leave in a smaller town composed of hard working, all-around kind hearted folks. Keep faith, Spring will be arriving soon.”
Borough residents are required clear around fire hydrants, Langendoerfer reminded.
Accuweather cautioned that gusts can be expected into Saturday which will lead to extensive drifting in open areas.  “Renegade bursts of snow” will continue to spin around the slowly diminishing storm, covering some roads and driveways again. Keep those snow shovels handy.