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“Nobody can complain:” Plow drivers FINALLY making some money after mild start to winter

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BROWN DEER -- We saw more snow than expected on Monday, December 28th as a winter storm pushed through. It came after a relatively quiet and mild winter. So was it too much, too fast? Plow truck drivers were buried with work on Tuesday, December 29th as the cleanup began.

Contractors waiting on a big snowfall finally got one on Monday.

One day later, we're told jobs were taking three times longer to complete.

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

Before the snow on Monday, some local plow drivers were barely scraping by.

But after nearly 20 hours pushing snow during and after Monday's storm, plow drivers are finally making some money.

"We're going to try and pay the bills," Jim Caughron said.

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

Caughron has been in the snow business for more than 30 years.

On Tuesday, he was providing snow removal services in West Allis. He was running on fumes, but happy to be making money.

"Nobody can complain. Everyone's wanting to work. We just got a little too much all at once," Caughron said.

Caughron was working at one site for more than five hours Tuesday -- longer than it usually takes.

"Everyone is getting a little tired too," Caughron said.

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

"It is heavy. It's terrible. I've plowed snow for 15 years and never seen stuff like this," a plow driver said.

With temperatures hovering near freezing, the snow that fell on Monday was wet and heavy -- requiring more equipment and time to clean up.

"It's a brutal one. With so much moisture, it's taking four times the time frame," Caughron said.

That means for plow drivers, the work is piling up -- albeit in late December.

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

Plowing snow in Brown Deer

FOX6 News spoke with several landscaping officials on Tuesday. They said the phone had been ringing off the hook with customers looking for service -- likely for the first time this year.