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Cold weather brings a jump in business

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The big chill affected many of us in one way or another.

Some people faced canceled flights, dead car batteries or broken furnaces Monday.

The deep freeze is not too kind to some but it's also good business for others.

It's the last thing you want to deal with on your way to work but a pair of jumper cables could be a lifeline for your car's dead battery.

The deep freeze frustrated many.

But for some people, the cold weather brought a jump in business.

For a tow truck driver, hearing a car start is the sound of success.

All American Towing's Ray Adamson said "we're swamped. We're at about two-hour ETA's but we hear that's better than some."

"People are trying to get to work, or school or what have you and so they're glad if we get they're car going but not all the jump starts work out, sometimes they don't start even when we put the jump pack on them, then they tow them off to the shop I guess," Adamson said.

And besides testing car batteries, old man winter tested people's patience at the airport.  

Travelers faced long lines, delays and cancellations.

Janell Bethel tried rebooking her daughter's canceled flights for three days with no success.

"Extremely time-consuming and frustrating, wait times to talk to any of the airlines, on hold at least two hours, airlines are not communicating with each other well. Her particular ticket, involved three different airlines and they're not having any luck communicating with each other either," Bethel said.

"I'm glad that my parents live here so that we have some place to stay, but if we were in a local hotel or wherever, it would probably be more frustrating," Bethel added.

The freeze frustrated anyone with a dead battery or broken furnace but if your job is fixing furnaces or starting cars in this cold, business is heating up.

Central Air & Heating's Joe Hanson said "miserable, it's no fun working in this cold. I enjoy my job but these days make you wonder why we do this."

"We call in extra people usually, take extra precautions to make sure our trucks are working and just get prepared. We went all last night, so it's been a busy 48 hours (laughs)," Adamson said.

AAA here in Sioux Falls told me they had more than 350 service calls Monday. That's 50 percent more than usual, and nearly 80 percent of those were for jumps.

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