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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Local plumbers booked due to cold weather

  • With lows in the single digits Tuesday, many local plumbers are booked fixing busted water pipes caused by freezing water.
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  • With lows in the single digits Tuesday, many local plumbers are booked fixing busted water pipes caused by freezing water.
    “We are booked up to three days right now,” said Rob Cutter with George Patrick’s Plumbing Company.
    Cutter said due to the large workload they can’t take on any new appointments until Saturday.
    Steve Chlouber with Complete Plumbing and Electric said they have also been extremely busy with water pipe issues.
    “There’s a lot of them,” he said. “Since it’s warmed up, I’ve got more calls than I can get to in a week.”
    City of Shawnee Utility Director Steve Nelms said the city itself has not had a lot of problems so far with busted or frozen water pipes.
    “Most of our problems around town have been with individual homes,” he said.
    An estimated 400,000 Oklahoma residents use propane to heat their homes, especially in rural areas, and Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency to deal with a dwindling supply of propane in Oklahoma due to spike in demand with the cold weather.
    The executive order is similar to those in place in 15 other states and will remain in effect until Feb. 4.
    The order issued Tuesday waives certain licensing requirements and other restrictions for those transporting propane in the state.
    Note: The AP contributed to this article.
     
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