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CAA Backed Up with Cold Weather Service Calls

Winter Cold Sunrise
The sun rises above Winnipeg on a chilly Monday, January 21, 2013. (MARC EVANS / CHRISD.CA)

CAA Manitoba is on track to set a new service call record thanks to the extremely cold weather on Monday.

As of 2 p.m., 744 vehicles had been serviced throughout the province, making it the busiest day of the year for the auto club. On January 30, 2008, CAA responded to 1,125 calls in a 24-hour period when the temperature dipped to -31°C.

“If calls for help continue to come in as quickly as they have all morning, we are on track to serve more than 1,300 calls before the day is done,” said CAA spokeswoman Liz Peters.

CAA says its phone lines are backed up, and members should request service online or using the club’s mobile app.

The City of Winnipeg also said on Monday that it’s welcoming the public to warm up in civic facilities, such as libraries, swimming pools, and leisure centres.

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