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Snow keeps tow truck drivers on-call (IA)


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WASHINGTON — For 30 years, Moore’s Towing has helped the county during snow emergencies and snowstorms.


George Moore’s team consists of three employees and four tow trucks. Before a storm, they prepare the trucks by fueling them and making sure each is in good condition. The employees are on call when the weather is bad, Moore said.


The Washington County Communications Center will contact them when there are cars stuck in the street or disabled because of the snow, he said. Dispatchers will contact the tow trucks when there are vehicles interfering with plowing.


Moore said the day after the storm is the busiest, especially if there is a tow ban during the storm. They will get calls from private individuals when their car is stuck in a ditch or driveway.


On average, Moore said they will tow around a dozen vehicles during and after a snowstorm.


The heavy snow Washington had during the first snowstorm on Dec. 29 is much worse than the more recent light snow.


Moore said they have to be careful with the heavy snow.


Overall, Moore said the most important thing for people to do when they see a tow truck is to slow down and move over. If their vehicle is getting towed, it is best for the owner to be there with the keys.



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