From Burst Pipes To Stranded Motorists, Cold Temps Take Toll On

From Burst Pipes To Stranded Motorists, Cold Temps Take Toll On Workers

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Bennett Realty Group sent us a few photos of an apartment in Watertown. It shows pillars of ice from ceiling to floor.

Apparently water pipes burst in the ceiling and froze.

It's a scene keeping heating and plumbing contractors busy in these bitterly cold temperatures.

In a deep freeze, pipes can burst.

James Flora with DP Bartlett and Sons Heating says he's constantly in motion during the winter months.

"This time of year, we stay around the clock, keeping everybody up and running. And, we do 24-hour emergency service, so we stay busy in the middle of the night, too," he said.

Service technicians like Flora get just as many phone calls in the snowy season.

"I would say on average 10 to 15 per technician, so we're doing quite a few," he said.

Meanwhile, Domenic Derrigo is one of the primary tow truck drivers in his family's towing business.

For nearly ten hours every day, if not more, Derrigo gets a bird's-eye view of what can turn into extremely dangerous road conditions.

His job? Rescuing people who are stranded.

"I tow people who are in need of assistance whether they break down or are in an accident, or they just slide off the road and get stuck in a ditch. We wrench them back out and send them back on their way," he said.

And if you're wondering how tow drivers like Derrigo handle frigid sub-zero temperatures...

"It's not fun. It's not too bad. We're pretty prepared for the cold. We've got all the right gear and all the right equipment," he said.

Both Derrigo and Flora also say they usually work many hours of overtime during the season, clocking in close to 80-hour work weeks to help people survive the winter.

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