Frigid Temperatures Have Workers Bundling Up

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Frigid conditions have taken over the Grand Valley and some are stuck out in the freezing temperatures all day long.

While most of us enjoy the comforts of working in doors, people like Steve Furphy with the city water department, brave the cold to make sure things flow smoothly. "We get a call, we're down in the water and down in the mud," says Furphy. His call came in early, with last night's low bottoming out at a frigid 1 degree there was plenty of work to be done. "You're hands are down in the water and it gets cold," says Furphy.

For workers like William Overholt, today was actually pretty warm compared to yesterday. "We were up on the Mesa yesterday and it was minus 4 at 7am and it never got above 10 degrees" says Overholt.
Both are used to these types of conditions and come to work equipped to stay warm. "Pack all your clothes, wear bibs, just dress in layers," says Overholt. "Plenty of clothes in the morning, layers so you can adjust to the temperature," says Furphy. Working in rotation helps to keep things thawed out."You get so cold you can't stand it anymore you have to sit in the truck and thaw out)," says Overholt.

No matter what the job, both are trying to accomplish the same goal. "Just trying to stay warm," says Furphy. Both are remembering warmer times."I'd rather be sweating than freezing," says Overholt. "Phoenix would be real nice right now," says Furphy

Last night's over night low of 1 actually broke the previous record of 2 set back in 2004...


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