Flake-free, but Valley, North Georgia feel February snow fury
The blizzard that's pounding the Midwest and the east coast is chilling some commerce, even in regions that haven't seen a flake of snow.
By Gordon Boyd
Eyewitness News Reporter
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Chattanooga's home for Covenant Transport. But the Scenic City is hardly the trucking company's largest terminal.
The February Fury blizzard could impact up to half of its 1800 trucks and 3000 drivers.
"We probably have 300 or 400 drivers either shut down or headed towards a shutdown," Covenant marketing director Mark Pare says.
Covenant hauls few perishables. But its in-house meteorologists, and a few scenes (and heards) from the snow bowl that is Oklahoma, have persuaded the bosses it's time to park.
"We ask the drivers to find safe haven and sit out the storm because there's really no value in putting anyone's life in danger," says Pare.
For Chattanooga Restaurant Supply Corporation, the greater concern isn't the blizzard it's not getting, but the storm we got last month.
"A lot of our customers were closed for two or three days," General Manager Elwyn Vincent says, "And for a whole week they lost a lot of business. And you can't reclaim that business."
Vincent gets lots of churches and groups shopping in his Cash-and-Carry section for banquets and such.
"We had some customers, who not normally buy product from us, come to us Tuesday after the storm and buy a lot of product because their sources couldn't get it in to them," Vincent says.
Now he's hopeful his wholesaler in Indiana, can get his tomatoes to him.
Covenant's cabs have sleepers, making it easier for drivers to wait it out.
As for its customers:
"They're very good about re-arranging, shifting schedules," Pare' says, "This is one of those storms that's gotten so much national attention that everybody's reasonable in their expectations. We'll have guys up and running within 24 hours. We're pretty confident."