December 24 Winter Snow Removal Status

December 24, 2008

An update from Murray Cameron, Operations Department:

On behalf of the Operations Department, I’d like to advise that our staffing and equipment resources are being tapped to assist with the prompt clean-up of this latest snow event.  The clearing of arterial and collector roads is well under way and as of 8:00am, a plow out of our residential streets commenced as snow accumulation has exceeded our 8cm standard.  We anticipate this task to take anywhere between 14 to 18 hours to complete, but may take up to 24 hours depending on resources especially during the Holiday Season.

Once the residential plow out has been completed, our forces will follow behind to spread traction material as required to complete that task. At the same time, priority sidewalks and hand-shoveling locations are being addressed. City owned facility lot clearing, remaining residential sidewalk plowing and hand clearing of city owned steps and bus stops will also take place accordingly. We anticipate this activity, including bus stop clearing, will be completed by December 27th. Hauling of snow in the Downtown area commenced Monday night and was completed last night, in anticipation of this snowfall.

Milder temperatures are forecast for tomorrow, so localized flooding may be realized.  We ask constituents who know the locations of their street catch basins to assist us by clearing them if possible. We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during the execution of this storm cleanup.

Best regards and Happy Holidays,

Murray