Hamburg Highway Superintendent Tom Best is never at a loss for words.
“What do you want to know? It’s snowing out,” he said when contacted by a reporter. “This is no big deal. The news media is jumping on it. It’s the same thing we’ve been getting last five months: snow, snow, snow!”
He’s already warned the Town Board there should be enough road salt for this winter, but if November and December are snowy, he’ll be asking for money to be transferred into the highway account.
And since the storm was predicted well in advance, Hamburg crews, like others around the area, were ready at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and were planning to work through the night.
“We’ve been out since the minute it started snowing and we’ll be out until the minute it stops snowing,” Best said. “Hopefully by seven in the morning we will have all our roads partially or fully clear.”
Two things have helped in keeping up with the snow. Schools closed, many businesses shut down or closed early, and driving advisories all combined to reduce the number of cars on the road.
And “for once,” he said, “the weatherman seems to be right on.”