Originally created 01/25/00

Weather affects workers



Monday's snowflakes sent some area workers home early, with employers citing safety concerns for early dismissals.

Despite the sudden snowfall, most businesses kept their doors open. And some companies, such as wrecking crews and taxi cab services, saw business double less than an hour after the first flakes.

Martinez-based Club Car notified employees via e-mail that it was shutting down its golf car manufacturing plant at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

"We weren't anticipating this today, but it's obviously the right thing to do," said Gary Holley, director of human resources for Club Car.

Augusta Mall and the Augusta Exchange shopping center also closed late Monday afternoon so employees would not have to drive home at night, security officials said.

But once employees started home, towing companies and taxi services say their work had just begun.

"About 1 o'clock when the snow started coming in, everything was pretty much log-jammed on the telephone," said Jimmy Bodie, owner of John Bodie Sons Inc. Towing Service.

Taxi services also reported delayed response time as a result of increased demand. Radio Cab General Manager David Fields said most people calling his office Monday were requesting to be picked up from work and driven home.

"They're afraid to drive, and they call for a cab instead," Mr. Fields said.

Despite the increased demand for taxi services, many drivers choose to park their cabs, he said.

While roads appeared daunting, officials at Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field reported runways were clear and visibility was good Monday evening. There were no delays or cancellations as a result of weather conditions in Augusta, Airport Manager Al McDill said.

ReachHeidi Coryell at (706) 823-3215.