Plow crews in Auburn worked around the clock to make sure schools would reopen

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Auburn schools are open and the driveways are clear but it took a lot of work to make it happen

During the worst of the two day storm, snow was piling up faster than crews could move it out.

"It started on Tuesday and it did not stop until about 9:00 last night," said Auburn Central Schools facilities director Larry Garuccio.

Even though the districts crew was working around the clock, drifting snow became a problem for the plows mounted on pickup trucks.

"Sometimes the snow was way to high for any of our trucks," said Garuccio.

The district has a snowblower mounted on a large tractor. Garuccio and crews kept each other updated on conditions and where the heavy equipment was needed most.

"We've got to get the snowblower down there to cut a path and then the trucks can finish cleaning up," said Garuccio.

"Like any big job that is in front of you, you just chip away at it piece by piece and you know it is going to take a long time," said plow crew team member John DiMatteo.

Now Auburn has to deal with the massive snow piles the storm left behind.

"Sometimes on weekends we get dump trucks and we load it up and ship it out," said Auburn Enlarged School District superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo.

Auburn schools opened after a two hour delay on Thursday while some final clearing was done on nearby sidewalks to make sure walkers were safe.

Pirozzolo, Garuccio and DeMatteo say years of experience and good communication help with clearing a severe storm. All of them had sympathy for southern cities that essentially shut down after a few inches of snow.

"When you have done it long enough you put together a little bag of tricks," said DeMatteo.

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