Winter Control – Ice Storm – 21/22 Dec 2013

Staff memo.

Public works has prepared all necessary winter control trucks and equipment by confirming their serviceability. Salt loads have been replenished. On-call staff lists have been verified. For your information, many of the staff have worked in excess of their typical 40 hr work week, and some are pushing the maximum 60 hr threshold. This is a result of last weekend’s snow storm and resultant clean-up work. Management is monitoring this issue closely and is prepared to call in other City staff to assist if needed.

According to our weather service, the rain we are getting now will turn to freezing rain tomorrow night at approximately 7 pm. This wave of freezing rain is expected to last until Sunday afternoon.

While the roads will remain the priority, Public Works is also preparing for potential downed trees, malfunctioning traffic signals, downed regulatory street signs (ie. Stop signs), and localized flooding. At this time, there is no residential plow-out scheduled, but this could change if the situation changes.

Communication has gone out on the City Web page, Facebook and Twitter. We do ask for residents to be patient and courteous during this operation as staff will do their best to keep the right of ways as clear and safe as possible. It is understood that there are still Christmas shoppers and revellers about this busy weekend; however, we encourage all to check conditions first before heading out.  Staff

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