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Spokane County plows working to clear roads

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Some Spokane County plow workers are on 12-hour shifts to clean up after snowfall. Some Spokane County plow workers are on 12-hour shifts to clean up after snowfall.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

After the weekend snowfall across much of the Inland Northwest, road crews are left with a messy cleanup on Monday morning.

Spokane County has close to 40 graters and 40 plows out working to clear roads across the region - many of those drivers now on 12-hour shifts.

Kevin Aukerman has been a plow driver for the county for about 25 years. "What I do is I get those roads in shape good enough for the traveling taxpayers and emergency vehicles," says Aukerman. "When they're to my standards then I'll go on to the secondary roads."

The county categorizes roadways by priority. Priority one roads get done first and if the snow doesn't continue to fall, once those are cleared they move on to the lesser roads.

"Those usually consist of other paved roads that possibly go up into some hills or areas that usually get a lot more ice than others," says Aukerman.

Aukerman spoke about his job as he took us up through the Deer Creek area to plow and sand. He says the County constantly has vehicles out when the weather turns bad. "For our sand trucks, when we have snow we're out everyday on priority roads whether we're checking them to see where they need to be sanded or dropping the plow to slush off a little bit."

He tells us their work is far from done, pointing out some roads in the area that haven't even had an initial plow yet.

"You plow anywhere from 8 to 10 hours then you got to go home and plow yourself out," says Aukerman, "but that's what we do."

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