Crews make progress against snow

Snow removal crews were hampered early in the weekend, but made progress over the weekend to remove the white stuff from residential neighbourhoods.

Snow removal crews were hampered early in the weekend, but made progress over the weekend to remove the white stuff from residential neighbourhoods.

But some streets were skipped because of a number of parked cars.

Tara Shand, Red Deer public information officer, said the high number of parked cars made it difficult for crews to plow.

“Crews will eventually head back to these areas, which include Durand Close, Dowd Close and Drummond Close,” she said.

Originally scheduled to take three to four days, snow removal was in overdrive all week after a third major snow event brought more snow to city streets.

After a record setting November for snowfall totals in Red Deer, December started with a 22 cm snow storm, bringing the total snowfall this winter to more than 80 cm according to Environment Canada, with 47 cm staying on the ground.

Red Deer public works staff worked on residential streets in Oriole Park, Oriole Park West, Westlake, Deer Park Estates and Devonshire.

They were originally scheduled to plow Davenport and Deer Park Village as well, but due to the extreme cold weather and some technical delays they were moved to 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

Monday morning crews will move into other areas of the city including West Park, South Hill, Eastview, Eastview Estates and Grandview to continue residential snow removal.

Windrows will be place don both sides of the street on residential roads and windrows are not expected to be higher than 16 inches, but conditions of the roadways will dictate the final heights.

Residents with driveways onto the street will have to shovel snow from the windrows after the street is plowed.

After the early week snowstorm, Red Deer and much of Alberta and the Prairies were sent into a deep freeze with windchills touching -47 C Friday night.

Crews during the week encountered cars still on the side of the road, parked. While the parked cars initially slowed the snow plows’ progress, they worked around it and more people moved their cars off the street. Cars parked where there is a sign indicating “No Parking,” will be towed.

Most of the collector and bus routes have been completed, according to a City of Red Deer release, with two still outstanding. Both the north and south crews will be out on Monday to complete the remaining areas in Parkvale and Rosedale.

Crews completed industrial and commercial clearing Saturday night and will turn their attention to downtown snow removal. Snow removal through the core of the city began Sunday night and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Crews are also out sanding, but with the low temperatures the effectiveness of sanding is limited.

Residents can get up-to-date information on the Red Deer city website, www.reddeer.ca, by calling 403-342-8238, or following the city on Facebook and Twitter.

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

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