Sub-Zero Temps Keep Local Companies Busy
Prince George, B.C. – The lengthy cold snap Prince George has been experiencing has tripled business for at least two local companies.
“We’ve been crazy busy,” says Ray Maland at Fraser Plumbing and Heating. “We’ve been getting no heat calls, frozen pipe calls.”
He advises it’s best “make sure your furnace is working” before the temperatures plummet. Maland says it’s also a good idea for owners of mobile homes “to check their heat tape.”
He says having tape on pipe is important because the pipes come from underneath the trailer and are vulnerable to cracking.
It’s also been a busy week for Ron’s Towing on First Avenue.
“It started Monday morning right when the cold weather hit,” says dispatcher Ashley Clarke. “And as it got colder throughout the day we saw our calls increase.”
She says the calls varied from people locked out of their vehicles to those who forgot to plug in their block-heaters and needed a boost.
“We’ve even brought in extra drivers and they’re working around the clock.”
Clarke notes people have been patient with her drivers though, something she appreciates.
“I just want to say thank-you to everybody who has called. They’ve been very patient in all of this as they’ve had two to three hour waits but still offered our drivers coffee and treats to say thanks.”
And as Environment Canada meteorologist Ross MacDonald notes, the cold weather isn’t going anywhere soon.
“We’re certainly locked in to a bitterly cold and deep Arctic air mass,” he says. “We’re not really looking at too much in terms of precipitation in terms of snowfall the next week but in terms of cold temperatures we can expect it to continue on at least through the middle of next week with daytime highs of minus 21, minus 22 and overnight lows dipping down close to minus 30.”