The city says crews have finished clearing this weekend’s near all-time record breaking snowfall from the main roads. Now they are moving on to the Priority 2 roads and bus routes. It is expected it will take two weeks to clear all those roads as well as the windrows that will be left behind.
Transportation manager Robert Carroll says it will also take two weeks for crews to get to all of the residential streets.
“There is lots of snow and it’s a big job to get through it all but we are hitting it full power with all our available City owned equipment and a couple dozen units from Contractors hauling snow and plowing”.
Carroll also says crews will remove approximately 3,000 to 5,000 loads of snow as they remove windrows from around town. Carroll adds at least that much will also be piled in cul-d-sacs which the city says is a low priority for pick up.
Crews make their way through neighbourhoods between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. the day before garbage collection. The city asks residents to remove their vehicles from the streets to allow crews to fully clear them.
According to Environment Canada 19.8 centimeters of snow fell at the Grande Prairie Airport on Sunday. Far more than the previous 8.1 centimeters that fell in 1964. It even came close to breaking the all-time record for a single day snowfall in November. That was set November 22, 1965 when 21 centimeters fell.