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Busy day for snowplow drivers across Eastern Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - As of 11 p.m. on Friday, more than 3.5 inches of snow had fallen in Iowa City. The snow started around 9 a.m. and is not anticipated to stop until roughly 4 a.m. Saturday.

The prolonged storm meant a long day for those who work in the Iowa City Public Works Department.

"We kind of watch and see what storm is coming. And we kind of make plans 3,4 days ahead of time," Dave Gillham said, assistant streets superintendent.

Iowa City has 13 snowplow routes, each with an assigned driver. There are 26 total drivers; during the winter months half of them are always on call, and half of them are not.

"I'm on-call Friday to Friday and then I'm off Friday to Friday," Kyle Madden said, who's been driving snowplows for 13 seasons.

When the storm is bad enough, Iowa City will deploy 13 end-loader tractors as well for a total of 26 vehicles. That is the plan for Saturday morning at 4 a.m.

"I go with water and coffee," Madden said, who worked 16 hours on Friday. "The energy drinks keep you up and when you crash."

Iowa City was able to brine the streets for two days before the storm, but the white stuff really started to pile up around 4 p.m.

If you see plow drivers on the road, Madden says to please give them some space. They can also do a better job if you pull your car into the driveway.

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