Schools and shops closed and shifts at the General Motors’ Moraine Truck Plant were canceled. Plumbers and tow trucks couldn’t keep up with requests for help. Sandy’s Towing reporting it had 500 calls within four hours.
The incredible cold snapped water and power lines and kept automobiles from moving due to frozen fuel lines and batteries.
“We’re selling anything that puts out heat and will start a car,” Dale Bundy, an employee at AutoZone told the Dayton Daily News.
Ten deaths in Ohio were blamed on the frigid temperatures including an infant living in a Dayton apartment without heat, believed to have died of hypothermia.
Crime dropped across the Miami Valley and Dayton Municipal Court saw half the usual arraignments, Judge Dan Gehres told the newspaper in 1994. “It’s so cold, people don’t want to fight.”