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Plow companies compete with winter dry spell

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This year the Spokane area has received less than an inch of snow. The average through mid-December is 13.9 inches. This year the Spokane area has received less than an inch of snow. The average through mid-December is 13.9 inches.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

C & C Yard Care typically competes with a handful of other private snow removal companies, but this season their dealing with a snow shortage from Mother Nature.

This year the Spokane area has received less than an inch of snow. The average through mid-December is 13.9 inches.

Many plow companies have laid off dozens of workers. C & C says they've let go about 25 of their 30 employees, though they remain on-call for the moment a snow storm hits.

"Otherwise they're on Unemployment," C & C salesman and driver Jason Harless said. "So a lot less money in their pocket."

Harless is one of about five employees still staffed by C & C. That group spends its days doing repairs after a summer that wore down much of the company's equipment.

He hasn't run a plow yet this year, and he's only de-iced four times.

"We're just hoping we get some moisture in the air, and it's freezing," Harless said.

Harless says even though he's still employed, he's lost about $500 per week from the dry spell. He says after a big blizzard, a snow plow driver can pocket as much as $2,000.

"We definitely have to scale everything back and roll with what's given to us," he said.

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