Businesses battered by snow: Landscapers adapt to public's need

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - People in at least one line of work are having to adapt just to stay busy this week.

Any other week Eric Evans would be in the landscaping business, but this week, the calls are of an entirely different nature.

"I couldn't even begin to count. It's a lot," said Eric Evens of Custom Landscape Solutions.

Eric has taken his entire fleet of pickup trucks, and transformed them to help treat winter's worst. It takes a long time to install all of the devices. Only then does Eric's team go plow-first into a series of seemingly endless nights, clearing as many driveways and parking lots as they can handle.

Eric is working so much these days, that when he sleeps, sometimes he does it in the cab of his pickup truck.

"I slept for 5 hours last night and that's the first time, actually...I got 4 hours the day before. So, I've had 9 since Friday," said Eric.

At places like Tree Of Life Assisted Living - a clear parking lot is essential now, as always.

"We have to get staff in, we have to get clients out to doctor's appointments, and we have a lot going on here. So yes, when it snows we have to get cleared up quickly," said Pat Tiernan, Tree of Life.

Private plows also made it possible for Maggie Moo's Ice Cream to open after being closed all weekend.

"I've actually had quite a few phone calls, people asking me if I'm open, 'cause they want to bring the kids," said Debbie Perguson, Maggie Moo's Ice Cream.

But all that work, while lucrative, can also be grinding. Guys like Eric are known to be away from their families for dozens of hours, if not days, at a time.

"It's tough to be away from home that long. I couldn't even begin to count. It's a lot," Eric said

They know the snow is only temporary. That is, until another storm plows through.

It took Eric and his team four days to put equipment on six landscaping trucks. The way the forecast looks right now - they're in no rush to take any of it off.

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