Winter Weather Impacts Local Businesses
MARION -- Some businesses are making a lot of money coming to the rescue of homeowners with broken pipes or other cold weather problems. But, others have been struggling because of the icy conditions.
Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake in Marion hasn't received a food delivery in 10 days.
"I sit around and stress and worry a little bit, you know. But I just look at it, that there's nothing I can do," says owner Jeff Cima.
A shipment usually comes in from St. Louis once a week. Owner Jeff Cima says the challenge has been bad roads and temperatures too cold for diesel trucks.
"I'm just going to make the best I can, out of a tough situation. And let's try to make this a good deal. We'll learn from it," says Cima.
With supplies running so low, Cima is looking at the store being closed Thursday if the the truck hasn't arrived by the Thursdsay morning.
"We don't have any cheese. We don't have enough dough. We don't have enough product to get us through even another day," say Cima.
The store has also battled maintenance issues like frozen pipes. A problem a lot of folks are experiencing. During the cold snap, business has doubled at John Fowler's restoration and cleaning company out of Herrin.
"Since the below zero temperatures hit, we've been working day and night," says Fowler.
His business is a 24/7 emergency operation.
"We've had calls in the middle of the night for everything from septic backups to fresh waterline ruptures," says Fowler.
And while staying busy is good, Fowler says the weather has been a challenge for his employees.
"Typically we focus on what needs to be done. Not what's going on out here. If it's cold, we know it's cold. We just focus on what we got to do and get it done," he says.
Fowler says homeowners should keep their houses heated to at least 59 degrees to help prevent bursting pipes. And if you have a crawl space, Fowler says it's a good idea to keep the foundation vents closed.
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