Saturday, December 29 2012, 04:07 AM CST
Bad storm means good business for some companies
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.-After last week's storm, crews are working hard to clean up the mess and are collecting a bigger paycheck in the process.
The storm brought down a lot of trees and with them, power lines.
A to Z Tree Service, Inc. is used to two or three calls a day this time of year, its phone is now ringing six to seven times a day.
"This is probably for this time of year [...] ten times the work that we would normally have," says A to Z Tree Service, Inc. owner and president, Bruce Zielger.
Something new for the tree service company, is the 85-yard, plywood pathway it is using to get to a fallen tree, while protecting the lawn around it. Ziegler says, usually, his company does this sort of work during a different time of year, when lawns are not as susceptible to damage.
Ziegler says, "You know, we just bought a thousand dollars worth of plywood you know ACE Hardware wouldn't have sold. There's people at saw shops buying saws like crazy [...] normally saw shops don't have any business this time of year."
His two new saws cost him $1,500 and he has also been able to keep all his usual workers and hire two more.
He says these extra expenses will benefit his company in the long run.
"It'll probably be you know, five to ten times the income we would normally have during this time of the year, for sure," says Ziegler.
Pacific Power also worked hard all week to get electricity back to Southern Oregon and Northern California.
It used a total of 115,536 poles, conductor, insulators, cross arms, transformers, fuses and other pieces of equipment to restore energy to 22,775 customers.
"That is an extreme amount of materials to deploy in a weeks time," says Pacific Power Regional Community Manager, Monte Mendenhall.
439 staff members from Pacific Power and other companies worked all week, around the clock to bring back power.
Pacific Power plans ahead for all these costs.
Mendenhall says, "We trend for these types of costs. We know there's some difficulty with outages [...] We staff 24/7, so we trend for those costs throughout the year."
The energy company also plans to give back to the Red Cross and Karuk tribe for helping to shelter and feed people in warming stations.
Oregon Department of Transportation also worked overtime on OR 230, clearing 25 fallen trees and snow off the road.
An additional 72 snow-loaded and ready-to-fall-over trees were removed with the help of a contractor.
ODOT says it saw freight truck deliveries and access to Diamond Lake Resort affected by its closure of the West Diamond Lake Highway.
Gary Leaming with ODOT says ODOT lost money in the form of time on I-5.
"We talk about cost in dollars and cents, there's also costs in the sense of time lost [...] instead of helping push people and pull people out of the way to get them going again, they were having to address the problem drivers who wouldn't chain up," says Leaming.
Leaming is referring to some non-compliant truckers who refused to chain-up, until Oregon State Police cited them.