Rockland Salt Plow Driver: ‘I Don’t Leave Until It’s Done’
NANUET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - It’s hard to fathom the weight of one of the big plow trucks full of salt until you’re in the passenger seat, which is where WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman was Friday morning.
Driver Rudy Feraza in Rockland County said he thinks about his 14-year-old daughter when he’s behind the big wheel.
“I don’t leave this until it’s done, as if I would put her on that road. So, then I know I can put you on that road, your family on that road, and that’s when I’m done,” he said.
Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said he and his other 70 men probably won’t be able to plow straight the night.
Probably about 7, 8, 9 o’clock, we’ll be taking the trucks off the road because it will be white out conditions,” he said.
They’re both giving drivers that same advice.
“Stay home. Relax,” Feraza said.
For some in Rockland, the memories of superstorm Sandy are now front and center.
“It’s very stressful. Very very very stressful,” said Lynn Anderson of her house in Stony Point, built by her great uncle.
It’s no more than 25 feet from the Hudson River.
“There’s hardly any neighbors left. I mean we do have a couple of neighbors, but there’s not very many left,” she told Silverman.
Homes across the street have crumbled.
“We did have a full house generator, but we lost that,” she said.
Her counter is piled high with cans.
“Just pray the water doesn’t, you know, come as high as superstorm Sandy,” she said.
There was concern about surge from the storm, according to Town Supervisor Geoffrey Finn. But the latest update from county officials was encouraging.
“We were assured that it’s going to be very very minimal tidal surges. We are expecting a lot of snow. Our highway department is very well prepared for that.”