While the cold temperature is an impediment to most of us, it increases the business of some local entrepreneurs.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Brenda Davidson of Pennmark Towing said, "We just got caught up. Since 11:30 this morning, we've had 12 calls, mostly jumps; that's what we find on cold days. There were a couple of tows, but luckily no accidents."
Rob Thayer of the AutoZone store in North Warren said, "We've been really busy with wiper blades and batteries. So far this morning (Tuesday) we've sold 13 or 14 batteries. It's been gold. Our winter season is definitely up."
The weather has a big effect on batteries he said, adding, "The summer heat kills them, but the winter cold finishes them off."
T.J. Langer of TJ's Plumbing and Heating said his crews have been extremely busy, working through the night Monday into Tuesday on no-heat and no-water calls.
"There are a lot of people without water and heat. We've done about 80 to 90 houses in the last 24 hours. When it gets this cold, it's dangerous. It's one thing when you lose your water, but if you don't have heat, all your pipes can freeze, it even affects the drywall," he said.
"We are in a race with Mother Nature. There are still more calls on the board, maybe 20 each for heat and water. Every time we take one or two off the board, four or five more come in. We will be working through another night," he said.
For those who have lost heat or water and need a place of refuge, the Warren YMCA is an option. "Sometimes people need a place if they've lost their power to get a shower, get out of their cold house, or jump in the pool," Executive Director Thad Turner said.
The YMCA could also offer overnight accommodations in emergencies, with some warning. "They would have to get a hold of me during the day so we could make sure that arrangements were made," he said. "In an emergency we could let people come and stay."