Cranbrook, BC (November 23, 2016) – It is an annual ritual of most Canadians – the anticipation of Mother Nature’s first blast of snowy, winter weather.
Staff with Public Works is ready to hit City streets when the first snowfall begins. Each year, the City asks residents and business owners to help out by keeping streets and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Clearing snow is not just the responsibility of Public Works, which does the best they can with the resources available to keep the community moving during the winter months. Responsibility also lies with each resident and business owner to help clear around their home or business.
“Our operations run around the clock during major snowfalls each and every year,” says Chris Zettel, Corporate Communications Officer with the City. “We have great staff, contractors and a solid fleet of trucks and plows who work hard each year to keep our streets clear. It is completely reasonable to expect that most areas of Cranbrook will be cleared of snow within 3 or 4 days, depending on the amount of snow we get and how fast we get it.”
Avoiding leaving your vehicle parked on the street during snowfalls wherever possible will also help make clearing the streets easier for City plows. Residents are also asked to please avoid pushing or blowing snow from their sidewalks, driveways and any windrows back into the street, after the City plows have been by.
The City also stresses the importance of keeping ice and snow cleared from your driveways and sidewalks, especially from an emergency services perspective.
“Regularly clearing ice and snow from your sidewalks and driveways will allow much easier access to your property by the fire department, RCMP or paramedics should an accident or other emergencies happen,” says Wayne Price, Director of Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services.
For information on how the City prioritizes its street clearing operations, including priority route maps, please visit our 'Snow Removal Operations' information page.