LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Thursday was an early morning for the facility crew at Mayo Clinic Health System, as they cleared the sidewalks for employees and visitors.
They began shoveling at 4 a.m. and expected to be there all day.
Mike McArdle, Facility Supervisor, said usually it's just his crew that clears the sidewalks but since it was such a big job today he rolled up his sleeves to help the crew work ahead of the storm.
It is his first year managing facility crew at Mayo.
"This is trial by fire here today," McArdle said.
Notice he said trial by fire, not trial and error. There is no room for errors when safety is a concern.
"If they pull up and see we've put some time in taking care," McArdle said. "Giving them a safe walk way to the facility then they feel pretty comfortable and know they're going to receive that type or even better care inside the building."
McArdle and his team have about five square blocks of sidewalks to shovel.
"Just got to try to stay even with it or ahead of it just a little bit," he said. "If it was just a snow fall over night we'd probably be out here for a couple hours getting cleared."
With plans to be out there all day, he knew what he signed up for being a life time resident of Wisconsin.
"Its been very mild. We've been pretty fortunate so if we got to deal with it a couple time a year we all chose to live here in Wisconsin so its part of the deal."
He's willing to brave the cold and blowing snow to make sure everyone that comes to Mayo makes it inside safely.
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