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Working Through The Storm

Working Through The Storm

POSTED: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 4:13pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:58am

EL PASO - It wasn't a snow day for everyone; some people still had to work.

"I woke up and I left my house this morning at about 10 minutes to 3 to get here," said the manager of the Valero on Mesa and Festival, Emmalea Parisek. Power was out for almost two hours this morning, and Parisek said it not only got really cold inside, but their computers also crashed.

"Right now luckily the power is back up and we're doing whatever we have to do manually, making sure there's plenty of coffee, and trying to keep the doors open for the customers," Parisek said.

"It's been a little chaotic with no power but we're doing alright, a few staff members were able to make it in the snow," said the owner of Carino's off Sunland Park and Mesa Hills, Dave Roukey. He said they had to heat up food using gas power after the electricity went out. He's now hoping some people stop by to eat.

"Nobody yet so hopefully me out here scrubbing up the front porch will give them an idea," Roukey said.

But despite the breakdowns that often come with a storm of this magnitude, Parisek and Roukey said people have been pretty cool about it.

"Everybody has been wonderful this morning, they've been very understanding that credit cards aren't running up right now, that my pumps are down, they've been great," Parisek said.

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