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Rockford plows prepare to clear the snow

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Saturday brought snow to Rockford, and a local snow removal company said it has been preparing for it for some time.

From the drivers to the truck plows themselves, everything has been preparing for such storms since November.

“The city calls us out to three inches and the hospital calls us out when it gets slippery because they have a no-slip policy,” said Richard Odum, plow operator at S&J Inc.

According to Odum, it is important to prepare for such storms to keep the community safe. S&J Inc. has full-time mechanics to make sure the trucks are fit for the weather like Saturday.

“Check all the fuels in the plows, make sure they are all working, all the hoses are fine,” said Odum. “Just a reliable truck so that we don’t have any breakdowns.”

Odum also said it is a community effort for them to do their job effectively, so residents must listen to the city’s ordinance.

S&J Inc. owner and CEO Steven Eisman said they will do it all. From hospitals and commercial operations to plowing and salting residential buildings, keeping the roads clear is their priority.

“We’re going through all of the trucks and we’re in the process of contacting all of our drivers because we have 41 drivers,” said Eisman. “So we contact all drivers and give them a call time.”

Eisman said there are ways to stay safe while driving in the snow.

“If you do need to go out, make sure you have a blanket in the car, water in case you break down, your cell phone to call someone,” Eisman said. “Make sure your cell phone is charged because this is going to be a bad storm, and watch out for the plow truck drivers out there trying to make conditions safer for the community.”

Odum said if they let the residents plow when they are ready. He predicted they would plow for 18 hours or more.

“It’s going to be a long night, there is no telling how long we’ll be out,” said Odum. “Until they say we’re done.”

S&J Inc. advised people not to shovel their driveway into the street and wait for their street to be plowed.

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