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Cold consequences

WARRENSBURG - The evening of Jan. 23, frigid Arctic air gripped the region, and area residents were dealing with an element of North Country life they hadn't fully experienced for years.

Glens Falls recorded record-cold temperatures of minus 30 degrees - the lowest since 1945, meteorologists said - and elsewhere across northern Warren County, the mercury in thermometers fell out of sight.

No need to tell Logan Tyler of Stony Creek about it.

He started out the early morning in his home's crawlspace thawing out frozen pipes as his thermometer read 27 degrees below zero. Neighbors in Thurman claimed it was as frigid as 40 below.

After arriving at his job at Viele Automotive in Warrensburg, Tyler dispatched the firm's employees for about a dozen calls for jump-starts due to car batteries that couldn't turn over engines mired in molasses-like oil. Others with "emotional and memorable" that his thoughts weren't about him or the nation's future right then, but of his family. diesel-powered vehicles had the fuel gel up in fuel filters and fuel lines.

Then checking in with AAA Northway, Tyler discovered the agency's phone lines were jammed for hours by callers - AAA told him they were backed up with as many as 300 calls for service, he said.

Like other vehicle service enterprises, Barron Dingman of Warrensburg Car Care also reported his employees were responding to jump-starts and vehicles with gummed-up diesel fuel.

Lake George Mayor Robert Blais in Lake George said the village Public Works department received a substantial number of calls complaining of no water - but most of the complaints were due to frozen water lines within their own homes.

There were, however a few breaks in the village water lines due to shifting frost in pipes that had recently been dug up in road reconstruction projects, said the mayor who's been in office for 40 years, a record across New York State.

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