CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Blizzard of 2011 might be over, but the real work is just beginning for tow truck drivers.
Iowa law required tow crews to stay off the roads until the storm blew over. The tow ban ended Wednesday at noon and tow truck operators have been responding to a steady stream of calls ever since.
The snow means extra dough for father-son towing team Dave and Colby Beer.
Colby says, "If I had another job where I could work winters doing this I would do it for the extra money! It's that good!"
The duo watched from home, as weather reports predicted the largest snowstorm of the season.
David says, "When everyone's getting a snow day I'm going to be working twice as hard! The roads are better and easier to get cars out and it's less dangerous. The only problem is we have to do digging and plows went through and cars are under a ton of snow, but it's going well."
It will take these guys about thirty minutes to pull an average car or SUV out of the ditch. They have ten other vehicles to get to by the end of the day. They drive one of fifteen recovery vehicles for Five Seasons Auto Rebuilders in Cedar Rapids.
Colby says, "It all depends how god of a job a person does putting themselves in the ditch! Some take ten to fifteen minutes and other times we're out here for hours!"
David says, "This will cost a couple of hundred cars for recovery and towed back to our facility-- there's going to be some damage to the front end of the vehicle and customer is aware of that."
When the day is done, this team heads home to rest up. They will both be ready to do it all over again if Mother Nature calls.
Colby says, "This is the best for me. It gets rid of the mundane. I love the snow and I love the cold. Winter is the best time of the year!"
Between the start of the storm and 3:00 PM Wednesday, the Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to 104 calls of stalled vehicles or traffic hazards..