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Tire shops flooded with calls following weekend snowstorm

Last Updated Oct 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm MST

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CALGARY (660 NEWS) – If you haven’t installed winter tires on your vehicle yet, you’ll have to wait a few weeks.

Tire shops have been overwhelmed with calls since the weekend snowfall hit Calgary. That includes Country Tire Automotive on Edmonton Trail.

Manager Kelly Hill said Monday was one for his company’s history books.

“To be honest, it was the busiest day, as far as the phone traffic went that I’ve seen in the 19 years we’ve been open.”

Hill said the call counter registered 1,800 calls to his shop.

“Some people even left messages, some people they called and left no messages, there was just that many phone calls coming in. I imagine a lot of it was not even our normal customer base, it was just people phoning around, panicking just to get in anywhere.”

Thankfully, the calls slowed down once the weather improved Monday afternoon.

Hill said they normally take in about 40 customers a day but are now booking into next Tuesday.