SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –It’s hot, it’s humid. According to Luis Tavares, working in the heat, “It’s horrible. But we have to do it. I’ve actually worked in 102 degree weather, but it’s part of construction. It’s the only time we can actually work, so we don’t have to worry about snow,” he admitted.
Covered in dirt as the sun beats down on them the crew digs away, repairing water and sewer mains along Chicopee’s St. James Avenue. Keeping hydrated, neighbors even giving them popsicles in order to give them a taste of relief at the start of another heat wave.
That’s not the case here at Springfield’s American ice. Where the house is kept at 20 degrees so that customers can get the ice for the things they need. “People use it for luges. People need ice, restaurants need ice for their ice makers,” said owner Mark Raymond.
In fact, Mark’s business is thriving because of it.
Seeing people run out of ice in this kind of heat has taught him an important lesson at home. “Just use the ice cubes. I never run out of ice,” he laughed.
On average, a season only has 12-15 days over 90 degrees. So far we’ve has 12 already this year.