Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff-Summer on Ice - SU or for story-- A cyclist passes the snow dump just off 40th Avenue on the City of Red Deer land fill site Tuesday. The two main snow dump sites in Red Deer have reportedly lost about a third of their volume since the winter.

City may break up mountain of snow

City considering using equipment to break up mountain of snow

Red Deer’s mountain of snow has only melted by one-third in the past two months.

The Edgar Snow Storage site, once dubbed Mount Rederest, remains 24 metres high from its original 31 metres. The mountain of snow is still visible from both Hwy 2 and 67th Street.

“The area was surveyed this past week and the volume has reduced from 258,000 to 168,000 cubic metres,” said Greg Sikora, city Public Works Department manager.

Sikora said staff may consider using equipment to spread the snow to increase the surface area and melt rate.

“We would like to have the entire pile completely melted before fall as crews need time to haul away all the tonnes of debris left behind,” Sikora said.

“This is all in preparation for next year’s snow season.”

The Edgar Snow Storage Site is one of two permanent snow storage locations in Red Deer.

The other is on the south end of Red Deer south of the city waste management site on 40th Avenue.

That snow pile remains as well.

With the above-average snowfall in the 2013-2014 snow season, both sites reached capacity at 550,000 cubic metres and a temporary site was opened to accommodate private snow haulers.

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