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Work Must Go On Despite Freezing Temperatures

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 SEAFORD, Del. (WBOC) - Today, temperatures dropped into the teens, but there are still many people who have to work outdoors, despite the conditions.

Rain or shine, snow or sweltering heat, Mike Baker is on the clock.

"This is basically what I wear. My longjohns, three shirts, a sweatshirt and a jacket and that's about it," said Baker, laughing. 

He works at Barton's Landscaping in Seaford, doing hardscaping in every temperature. 

"We work more or less all year, as long as we can, as long as the ground's not frozen," said Baker.

Frozen ground was the case today for Howard Hickman, who installs irrigation and grating for Barton's.

"Today we're just kind of hanging out, trying to stay warm. The ground's frozen so we can't even dig into it, it just makes things more complicated than it need be," said Hickman.

Brian Dayton owns the Wash 'N Vac car washes in Seaford, Laurel and Salisbury. He has a different idea about the temperatures. 

"This isn't really cold. The wind has calmed down. It's not bad at all," said Dayton.

He says business is good, even in the cold.

"There was a lot of salt on the roads, a lot of people from upstate have been stopping by, people that travel through Pennsylvania and Jersey," said Dayton.

Even if he is the only one working.

"I'm just cleaning up today, I gave all my guys off because of the cold," said Dayton. 

WBOC caught up with Jimmy Sox in Bridgeville. He says he works 10 to 12 hours outside making deliveries for Schwan's.

"Unless there's 10 feet of snow on the ground, we're out working, serving the customers," said Sox. 

There is one common factor when it comes to working in the cold.

"This is actually nothing," said Hickman, referencing his clothing. "I've got a couple more layers I put on. You have to. Otherwise you get exposed to the temperatures and it doesn't feel good."

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