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Frequent storms putting strain on plows

PORTLAND (WGME) -- This winter's recent storms are putting strain on many snow plow companies. Crews say the back to back storms leave little time for drivers to get rest or repair equipment.
 
"We've had too much lately," said John Milo, Operations Manager of Lawn Enforcement Inc. of South Portland.  Milo says crews were out early Sunday morning cleaning up from another storm just days after a Nor'Easter hit the state.

He says crews were relieved to see that this weekend's storm wasn't as bad, as they were still catching up on sleep from Thursday's storm.

While they're happy to have the work Milo says this winter's making for little time to rest.

"You can miss a day (of sleep) and then takes about 12 hours to catch up on sleep," said Milo.

Lawn Enforcement's Owner Alex Anastasoff says this winter is one of the tougher ones since they started business 14 years ago.

"We've had issues with salt, our suppliers run out of salt and we've had to source it elsewhere," said Anastasoff. "It's hard to keep staff coming in people get burnt out a lot of times guys will come out for the first storm and get burnt out and you never see them again."

Anastasoff says they've had to make emergency repairs to equipment, the back to back storms not giving crews much time to make full repairs.

While business is good, crews say they wouldn't mind if mother nature gave them more of a break between storms.