Mild December’s Mud Keeping Tow Trucks Busy

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MARSHALTOWN, Iowa -- The mild weather this December has kept Larry Wegner's tow trucks busy. But with just a little snow, the trucks have been busy rescuing motorists from mud.

At Larry's Towing, Tire, and Lock Service the weather has not really slowed things down. The water from the nearby Iowa river closed Highway 14, which has since reopened. Even with traffic restricted, his wreckers have been busy.

"Like yesterday with Highway 14 closed, we were extremely busy on the tow trucks,people getting stuck in the mud," said owner Larry Wegner.

Even when the road closed in the historic 1993 floods, Wegner sold more tires than ever.

"We had one of the biggest tire months we’ve ever had,the month that highway 14 was closed," said Wegner. "Part of it I think was due to all the extra traffic cause of all the people who were coming down to see the bridge and the water on the bridge and stuff."

This winter it has been the mud that keeps the phone ringing.

"People try to go down a road, and then turn around in a driveway, and get stuck," said Wegner.

His company runs three wreckers, a flatbed, and service truck, with six employees, they have so far stayed busy, even without a lot of snow.


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