Mich. residents paying the cost for fierce winter

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Record-setting snowfall in parts of Michigan and lingering below-freezing temperatures are proving costly.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Wednesday its typical residential customer already has paid 15 percent more for natural gas this winter than a year ago.

Meanwhile, unfortunate motorists are shelling out hundreds of dollars each to replace tires and rims damaged by potholes.

Dino Incarnati says the intense cold has contributed to a stream of vehicles coming through the Belle Tire he manages in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township.

Incarnati says his shop performed 30 wheel repairs last month -- about what he gets an entire winter.

JoAnn Vernon says the potholes are "mind-blowing." She hit one Tuesday and expected Wednesday to pay $200 to $300 to replace a busted tire and possible bent wheel rim.

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