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CAA hopping helping frozen vehicles

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CAA services for roadside assistance in Winnipeg and across the province are being stretched like an extension cord across a parking lot as the deep freeze gripping the province continues.

Over 1,300 calls were completed on Monday in a 24-hour period in Winnipeg and across Manitoba, with similar numbers expected by the end of today.

"We have literally all hands on deck that could possibly be on deck. We’ve had it like that for about the past four days," said Liz Peters, CAA Manitoba’s public affairs manager.

"Every piece of equipment that we have is out on the road right now."

At midday on Monday, Peters said there were 31 CAA drivers, along with another dozen contract drivers, out on the road and responding to calls.

"For someone who is waiting four or five hours for service, the number will seem small. But on a typical winter day we have 12 or 15," she said.

Peters said the wait time for service in Winnipeg this afternoon was five to six hours.

"That’s going to go down pretty quickly because we have so many people on shift right now," Peters said.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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