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Snow plowers work long hours to tackle extra inches of snow

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YAKIMA, Wash.- With all the snow in Yakima, Tuesday was a busy day for snow plowers.

DPR Contracting uses 12 trucks to clean about 70 percent of all commercial lots in Yakima.

"We have to get businesses cleaned up before they open because of the liability issues," said Scott St. John, the owner.

Plowers started work at 3 a.m. And while business and staying busy is good,  things haven't been as smooth as they had hoped for.

"I had 2 trucks with electrical malfunctions. It's difficult, you a need a breather, a little bit, 5 or 6 hours," said St. John.

With the snow falling throughout the day, and many commercial lots still filled with snow, DPR has a lot of work left, but employees are not complaining.

"When its snowing and people are miserable I'm out there and happy, not because they're miserable, but because I'm working," said St. John.

Scott St. John says he was only expecting one to three inches of snow, instead, his crews were surprised with about five or six. Customers say the lots still look clean.

"Doing as good as they can, they're doing with what they've got," said Jane Howson.

And as for the crews? They have a long night ahead of them.

"Even when it doesn't snow, we do clean up, so even if it stops snowing now, we'd still be working," said St. John.

If it does continue to snow, you can expect to see these guys cleaning up around town.