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Snow complicates Valentine's deliveries

SCHENECTADY -- "There's more deliveries this year than last year. It seems like every year there are more and more," says one delivery driver at Frank Gallo & Son Florist. 

More deliveries, and more snow than the Capital Region has seen in years. And Valentines Day is the busiest day of the year for this businesses.

"As we prepare for Valentines Day we look at weather reports, because we fear a storm. And as you can look out your window this is about as bad of a storm as you can get so really not a great situation for us," says owner Frank Gallo. 

Frank Gallo says it's bad for business. Many customers are off from work and school, meaning delivery drivers have their work cut out for them.

"I just hope the weather, and the roads stay clear...it's going to be a long day. I came to work at 5:30 so," says one delivery driver.

There are about a thousand deliveries that need to be made this Valentines Day, and with these road conditions are making things a mess for delivery drivers. To put it into perspective on a normal day there's only maybe four or five, but this Valentines Day, there is 35 to 40 drivers.

Many delivery locations were closed, making things harder on an already busy day. We're told the increase in drivers is to put less strain on each, so that they are not on dangerous roads for quite as long. Frank Gallo says despite the weather, they can bounce back on spring holidays, but other businesses may not be so lucky.

"I've talked to a bunch of them and it's difficult on them but I've also talked to people in the candy business and jewelry business. Not good for them either. It's been tough on anybody who relies on valentines day for revenue," Gallo says. 
 
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