Local Businesses, Residents At Wits End With This Winter
DETROIT (WWJ) – Another late-winter snowstorm hit metro Detroit on Wednesday, adding to already near record snow totals.
The conditions have been making things difficult on commuters; and tow truck companies are busy saving the day for motorists whose cars go off the road.
Hani Berro of Tel-Wick BP gas station in Taylor told WWJ’s Ron Dewey he’s been answering calls left and right from drivers who have slid into ditches or one another, as a result of the terrible driving conditions.
Berro said that although business is good, it hasn’t been easy.
“Too many runs, too many problems, too many headaches, equipment problems,” Berro said. “The tow trucks break down and cost money for repairs, it’s a hard business.”
For city residents like Robert Anderson, who uses public transportation to get around in the snow, the conditions are still a pain to deal with —with the snow causing him to miss his bus.
“It’s the DDOT, but hey I wasn’t at the bus stop in time, so it happens,” Anderson said.
Anderson said that even though he heard about the coming storm, he didn’t believe the hype.
“I am surprised right now because I wasn’t expecting it,” Anderson said. “I heard it on the news, but it’s coming down a little thicker than I thought … This is Detroit though, you can’t help but get what you’re going to get.”
Beverly Carter of Detroit said she’ll avoid dealing with the snowy conditions if she can, and can’t wait for a change in the seasons.
“I like the snow when I don’t have to go out into it … I’m ready for spring,” Carter said.
Berro said that they are expecting even more runs as the day goes on and the snow keeps falling.
He offers some advice to those looking to beat the conditions, hoping they could avoid needing the service of a tow truck.
“Be careful, take your time and drive slowly,” Berro said. “Stay like 10 or 15 feet away from the front car, it’s the best thing you could do.”
Even as he expects business picks up, it’s not something that Berro is looking forward to.
“It’s terrible, stress, a lot of stress, it’s too much snow,” he said.
The latest round of snow is expected to taper off Wednesday afternoon. A Winter Storm Warning was set to expire at 3 p.m.
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