As he shoveled snow from a sidewalk on Third Street in Hannibal on Friday morning, Daniel Doellman was counting his blessing.
“Oh, this (snow) is heaven compared to last week,” said the employee of Roland Outdoor Inc. “This is a powder. It’s not as heavy. You can keep going and keep going and you won’t wear yourself down like you would with those last two snows, or the ice storm before. The last snow was really, really heavy. I had a guy with me who was complaining the whole time about how heavy it was.”
Around the corner on Center Street, Randy Hurt, co-owner of AVA Goldworks, was using a broom to clean the sidewalk.
“This was a much easier snow. It’s kind of pelletized. It’s not sticking to anything so it’s much easier to sweep, versus the really heavy, thick, stick-together type of snow,” he said.
It was all hands on deck Friday morning for Roland’s personnel.
“We run eight trucks and there’s normally a helper per truck,” said Doellman. “We went around to most businesses four times (last week). This is probably going to be twice with it still snowing. We’re going to keep going.”
While this winter’s snow has meant lots of business, Doellman acknowledged it’s been a far from normal winter.
“This winter is actually pretty bad. For a total amount of snowfall, Mother Nature is playing catch-up from last year,” said Doellman. “We can’t complain. We need it for the turf industry.”
With a smile on his face, Hurt indicated he is ready for Old Man Winter to move along.
“I’m ready for it (winter) to be over. I’m ready for spring. Aren’t we all?” he said.
Hurt added, considering all the snow that has fallen, spring might hold its own challenges.
“I am concerned that when all this melts and runs into the river that that doesn’t then give us a problem,” he said.