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Skyrocketing gas prices making snow removal costly

By EMMA WRIGHT

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Friday's snowstorm made for a lot of clean-up work.

Plow drivers were working since early morning to clear the nearly seven inches of snow that fell over Central New York, but the drivers are facing a new challenge this year - skyrocketing gas prices.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded is $3.41. That is a jump of $0.11 from just one week ago.

Plow driver Charles Heaton says the prices are cutting into his bottom line and the extra expensive fuel has cut into his profits by a third.

"It would have been a profit year," he said. "Now it is just taxes and gas."

The price at the pump also makes snow-blowing expensive.

Paul Monte, of Utica, says it costs at least $20 every time he fires up his snow blower.

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