The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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December 10, 2012

Local shops report weather-related business

ENID, Okla. — Temperatures took a tumble into the teens Sunday night and Monday morning, and some area residents were not ready for the cold.

Failing furnaces and frozen water pipes resulted in some Monday morning calls for a plumber, said Selma Easter, secretary for Lee’s Plumbing. However, problems arising from the low temperatures weren’t the only emergency calls coming in to the business.

“We’ve had a few that are weather-related,” Easter said. “A couple people with frozen and broken pipes, and we’ve had a few heaters.”

Car battery sales were brisk.

Ray Spence, retail service specialist at O’Reilly Auto Parts on Garriott, said the business was selling more batteries than usual Monday.

“A lot of people are coming in and picking them up themselves,” Spence said. “We’re also selling a lot of de-icer and gas-line antifreeze. People are getting ready for the cold.”

Todd McCollough, owner of The Auto Shop on North Van Buren, said he hadn’t yet seen an increase in customers needing cold-weather related repairs on Monday morning, but he’s braced for it to happen as the winter settles in.

“We’ve had a really mild fall,” McCollough said. “The cold and extreme heat both are very hard on batteries. I’m sure people who didn’t have good freeze protection are finding that out this morning.”

Besides battery failure, McCollough said coolant issues, leaks and freezing of fuel can cause drivers misery in the cold.

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