Crews still cleaning up from weather

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Friday’s weather is looking a lot nicer than the day before, but there is still a lot of cleanup left for some.

Towing companies have been busy all winter long thanks to the snow and extreme cold. After the mess of accidents and cars in the ditch Thurdsay, they are still busy.

“It’s been a good winter as far as the company goes, but it’s also enduring on you. It wears down on your body when you’re out in the cold. It’s not an 8 to 4:30 job by no means. We have to stay out there until it’s cleaned up,” said Heavy Duty Operator John Flategraff of Allen’s Tow N Travel.

They say that is leading to a lot of overtime this year.

“Sometimes that can involve overnight shifts, all day long the next day. The safety of the guys is what’s important, so we’re always looking out for that, but you still have to do what you have to do to get the freeways open,” Flategraff said.

He said the people they are responding to the most when it comes to problems with the cold are truck drivers. That is because the fuel they use in the south can gel when it gets into the extreme cold.

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