WINNIPEG – City officials still haven’t decided if plows will be deployed to residential streets after Wednesday’s snowfall.
They can’t come fast enough for residents in the southeast Winnipeg development of Sage Creek, where streets were so clogged by snow Thursday that the neighbourhood was a no-go zone for school buses.
“I didn’t make it past the driveway,” said resident Cori Toews, who got stuck on her street, “so I went and got my nice neighbours and they pushed me out. Now they’re just going to give me a ride in my truck.”
Twelve to 15 centimetres of snow fell, and high winds caused large drifts in some areas. In Sage Creek, right off Lagimodiere Boulevard and alongside some large open fields, the result was nearly impassable streets.
“It’ll take me another half-hour or so, but I’ll get out of here,” said Ken Peters, shovelling snow away from his vehicle after getting stuck. “There’s people living here, they need to get in and out too; not everyone had four-wheel drive.”
Richard Labossiere does. He said he was “spending the day driving around helping other people. We live all the way out in South Point and heard people in Sage Creek were having trouble.”
Within hours, Labossiere helped more than 25 people, including Peters.
“I’m glad I made his day a little better,” said Labossiere.
The snow allowed some Winnipeggers to employ unusual methods of transport. Alain Foidart snowshoed to work near Nairn Avenue.
“Enjoying the snow,” said Foidart. “I’ll try and do it every day if I can — that’s the goal.”
Driving was a challenge in several areas of the city Thursday morning. Winnipeg police said Thursday they had responded to 17 accidents in 24 hours.
“The weather conditions play a huge part in that. The roads are slippery, snow-covered, and again, it’s the beginning of the season and it takes people a while to get into those proper winter driving habits,” Const. Eric Hofley said.
The city said truck plowing will continue on main routes, and the declared snow route parking ban would remain in effect on streets designated as snow routes from midnight until 7 a.m. Friday.
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