Storm clean up east coast
Anyone doing any storm clean up? We had 75+ mph winds taking out lots of power lines, substations, and tons of trees. Most of our county is with out power and will be days before it's back on.
The county set up a tub grinder at a school for the residents and the clean up workers were also dumping there trucks there. We took out 5 dump trucks with pups and a loader. So far we hauled out 55 trucks of chips and 3 of the drivers are going to take a few more loads before calling it a day.
We were told they were going to run the grinder till dark and would start back up in the morning. We plan on going back in the morning and hauling chips for 8 hours if any of our drivers are up for it.
Our power is out and were looking at 7-7-12 according to AEP website but were told it would be sooner with us being on a main 3 phase line. We have offered to take in all of our workers and there families. Our plan is to run our genset 8am till the temp drops at night. Gas went up from $2.90 to $3.50 over night and most stations are out of regular and some are out of everything. I'm glad I prepaid for a load of diesel for next week, but now just to get it delivered.
Headed out in the am to pick a split maple up off a house in town, dropped the excavator there 30 mins. ago actually. Thats about all the stom work I have lined up, not doing any traveling for it, plenty of work where im at.
We were in the same boat last fall with our October snowstorm and tree damage, no power for 1.5 weeks. We figured we would have plenty of work but within a few days FEMA had moved in and all the public work was gone to FEMA contractors from down south, not long after the public work dried up gypsy tree crews came in from all over and started doing private tree work/clean up for less then most peoples cost around here. Not sure what is going to happen in your area but I would get everything you can now because the storm chasers will be there soon if they aren't already!
Originally Posted by gravelwasher
Were not out there after the money and I don't think we will be getting paid for loading or hauling off the chips. So far most of the wood chips we have moved have gone back to where were working at to use as fill.
We did sell a few loads of chips, but it's not like were making any money on them. There were a few farmers that needed chips and we were selling them for $50 a load and $75 a load if they had to unhook from there pups. There is a farmer that wants all we can get him, but his road needs more clean up done to it before we can safely get our trucks to him.
On Monday we plan on going back to digging and moving materials. Depending on the the availability and cost of fuel we will fire up our 3 phase genset and wash rock.
We make more washing rock then we can pushing snow for the state.