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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has deployed hundreds of plows to deal with the latest winter storm pounding ...
the Northeast. For one operator, all that snow means extra money but little sleep. (Feb. 13)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYBerks County, Pennsylvania - February 13, 20141. SOUNDBITE: Patrick O'Pake, PennDOT snow plow operator:"My name is Patrick O'Pake. I work for the Department of Transportation, and right now we/re in the middle of a snow storm. A pretty big one this year."**NOTE: Shot 2 overlaid with audio**2. Medium of snow flying off plow3. SOUNDBITE: Patrick O'Pake, PennDOT snow plow operator:"This is just about the busiest winter in 22 years I've been here. You make a little bit of extra money, but you don't get much sleep or much family time. But they understand that.**NOTE: Shots 4-6 overlaid with audio**4. Long to medium of O'Pake's truck plowing snow5. Tight of O'Pake's hands on wheel6. Tight of plow's reflection in side-view mirror7. Long to medium of plow passing stranded car, UPSOUND of voice over CB: "There's a car... he must have hit the guide rail or something."8. SOUNDBITE: Patrick O'Pake, PennDOT snow plow operator:"You're supposed to watch pretty far ahead. And right now, I can barely see a tenth of a mile in front of me."**NOTE: Shot 9 overlaid with audio**9. Long shot out front windshield10. Medium of O'Pake answer CB chatter, UPSOUND: "OK."11. SOUNDBITE: Patrick O'Pake, PennDOT snow plow operator:"A lot of people are always in a hurry. They always leave too late to get to work or wherever they're going. and then it puts us in jeopardy. You always have to be looking around at the other drivers. Drive defensively all the time when you're out here, especially in the snow.**NOTE: Shots 12-14 overlaid with audio**12. Tight of odometer13. Medium of plow passing pickup truck14. Long of view out passenger-side window15. SOUNDBITE: Patrick O'Pake, PennDOT snow plow operator:"This is my most favorite part of the year. I enjoy doing this. I like being out in the snow."16. SOUNDBITE: Patrick O'Pake, PennDOT snow plow operator:"(It's like) a dog chasing its tail all day. Until it stops snowing, and then we'll catch up at the end. We always do."**NOTE: Shots 17-18 overlaid with audio**17. Long to medium shot from overpass of plow pushing snow down interstate18. Long shot from overpass of plow train pushing snow down interstate19. Long of plow train shot from rearSTORYLINE:Pennsylvania's latest winter storm caused its share of headaches, but left some residents elated as snowfall up to a foot or more kept kids and adults alike home yet again.Much of central and eastern Pennsylvania was shut down Thursday. Schools closed, businesses shuttered and government workers were told to stay home as the state awoke to perhaps the worst storm of the season _ but appeared poised to avoid the power outages and large-scale traffic problems that plagued it last week.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has deployed hundreds of plows to deal with the latest winter storm. For some operators, all that snow means extra money but little sleep. "This is just about the busiest winter in 22 years I've been here," said Patrick O'Pake, a snow plow operator.--------------------------------------------------------------------