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Cold Closes Businesses

Reported: Jan. 7, 2014 5:14 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2014 9:34 AM EST
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Huntington, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) - Some area businesses had to shut down because of frozen pipes or water issues from water main breaks Tuesday.

Other business owners decided it just wasn't worth it to make their employees and customers brave the elements, and decided to close for the day.
"We decided quickly this morning that it was just too cold," said La Famiglia owner Ralph Hagy. The Huntington business closed Tuesday. They have to chop wood outside to fire up the oven, and had some employees dealing with frozen water lines today.

Hagy said the risks weren't worth it.

"Even though you want to have the sales and you want to be open, I think it's more important for you to consider your employees, what they have to go through in this, and I think most people really don't understand how dangerous it is to be out right now with the cold temperatures," he said.

While Hagy decided it would just be safer for folks to stay home, the good news is they'll be firing up the oven in time for lunch tomorrow. Hagy said they'll have pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and hot chicken soup ready for the lunchtime crowd.



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