The Edmond Sun

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December 10, 2013

Cold impacts Edmond businesses, city services

EDMOND — Roger Seaton is operating manager of Edmond Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing, 3104 South Kelly Ave., owned by the Seaton family since 1970.

On Tuesday, for the first time in days, the temperature in the Edmond area rose above 32 degrees. At 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature was 41 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, surpassing the predicted high of 34, according to the National Weather Service.

Seaton’s business offers plumbing services including water line work and repairs to faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to plumbing calls, pipes that burst are a priority, Seaton said. It takes a while for pipes to freeze, he said, and residents began calling by Friday. Calls during the cold spell were both about frozen pipes and pipes that had burst.

If you have no water coming out of a faucet, shut off the water upstream and open cabinet doors to get warmer air circulating around pipes, Seaton said.

Cold, wintry weather also impacts businesses that make various kinds of deliveries.  

Scott Hurley, owner of the Mazzios located at 1132 S. Broadway since 2000, said local TV meteorologists who alarm citizens impact his business during winter storms, sending people to stock up at the grocery store. Many buy food items instead of ordering pizza, Hurley said.

However, many local businesses that remained open during the inclement weather kept pizzas coming out of the oven at a good clip.

“We get a lot of extra business,” Hurley said.

Snow-packed streets and sub-freezing temperatures created a number of issues around the city, impacting city services and civilians.

City spokesman Casey Moore said at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, a vehicle struck a power pole at Ridgecrest and Bryant, leaving 1,600 Edmond Electric customers in that area without power for two hours.

Almost all of the city’s solid waste trucks were parked inside a vehicle maintenance building two nights due to the bitter cold conditions to keep the hydraulics and air systems from freezing and have them ready for their early morning routes, Moore said.

Spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the Edmond Police Department did not experience any equipment issues.

“We had a few officers who couldn’t make it up the hills initially in their vehicles the first night of the storm,” Monroe said. “We tried to have as many as possible on duty officers in four-wheel drive vehicles for calls.

Monroe said Thursday night after the snow fell the agency didn’t have many calls for service other than motorist assists and non-injury accidents. At one point during the storm, officers were able to only respond to injury accidents or if vehicles could not be moved.

Regarding the future, highs are expected to be in the 30s the next two days, the mid-40s Friday and near 39 Saturday. Lows will warm from near 18 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday night to the upper 20s Thursday and Friday night.

Later in the week, precipitation chances return with a slight chance of freezing rain Thursday night and a 40-percent chance of rain Friday.

marks@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 108

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