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Flint Farmers Market deals with frozen pipes, leaky boiler

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(01/28/14) - The weather is also having an impact on shoppers and business owners at the Flint Farmers Market.

The manager of the Flint Farmers Market says it comes down to the cold weather and old equipment.

A leaky boiler and frozen pipes means some people couldn't do business on Tuesday.

Although the manager says none of these issues are dangerous, this is why a newer facility would be helpful. He expects the farmers market to move to a new location in downtown Flint in May of this year.

In the meantime, he says the boiler at the current location is leaking hot water.

They are also trying to cope with the frozen pipes the best way they can.

"The pipes upstairs the market floor is a slab and so nobody built any plumbing into that slab 75 years ago when they built the market, so the folks at the far end who have food businesses which require running water have to pump that water up and over the ceiling of the market," said Dick Ramsdell, manager of the Flint Farmers Market.

Since those pipes are above the insulated part of the market, they freeze when it gets cold like this.

Business owners also say the weather in general is making it tough on their bottom line. That's because they're not seeing the number of shoppers they normally see this time of year.

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