For people in Western Wisconsin, the sound of a cold battery has become all too familiar this week.
With the bone-chilling temperatures taking a toll on cars, it has been a busy week for tow and repair shops in the region.
Don’s Towing and Repair in La Crosse has received hundreds of calls everyday this week, from either emergency calls to people who just need their battery jumped or their cars towed.
“Well it started on Friday morning really, with the colder temperatures and the snow starting in. We had seven inches in the Coulee Region and that kind of set us up for being busy for the week that we’re in right now with the deep freeze,” said Don’s Owner Amanda Manock.
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Don’s had gotten over 50 calls with wait times being anywhere from four to six hours, depending on how severe of a shape the car was in.
“We try to take care of everybody, we don’t like turning calls down, we try to take care of everybody we can. But in the time allotments and the way the weather conditions are it’ll probably be, as I said, probably Saturday by the time we get caught up,” said Don’s Manager Steve Olson.
While it has been all hands on deck with six trucks running all around the town, Manock says this week was made worse by the mild December and early January.
“A lot of people didn’t replace their batteries like they normally do in December because of the warmer temperatures. So we’re actually seeing those batteries that needed to be replaced in December failing today and on these colder days,” said Manock.
Nobody has been proven to be immune to the cold, with some of Don’s trucks even failing to start this past week.
But with temperatures expected to dramatically rise this weekend, they say hold tight.