December 31, 2015 5:14 pm
Updated: December 31, 2015 7:50 pm

Montreal continues to dig out

WATCH ABOVE: As Montrealers continue to deal with Tuesday’s record-breaking snowfall, city employees are preparing to halt snow-removal operations for 36 hours. Feclicia Parrillo has the latest on Montreal's snow-clearing efforts.


MONTREAL – At first, we were dreaming of a white Christmas.

But now, some just want the snow to go away – and fast.

Following the snow fall on Tuesday that totalled 39.2 centimeters, Montreal is trying to dig out.

READ MORE: Winter storm blankets Montreal with snow

But for some, the city isn’t moving fast enough.

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One Canada Post worker who works in Notre-Damede-Grâce (NDG) told Global News the streets aren’t easy to work on.

He said it’s hard for the letter carriers who work in the neighbourhood because they get tired faster.

He wants to see more effort on the city’s part.

READ MORE: Messy aftermath to record-breaking snowfall

Montreal said ten thousand kilometers of roads and sidewalks will eventually be cleared.

A task that will cost around $20 million.

But as of Thursday evening, about 3,000 city employees involved in carting away the snow will take their mandatory 36-hour break.

They’ll pick back up at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

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So until it does get cleared, residents said it’s difficult to get around.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy,” an NDG resident told Global News. “I would have preferred not to come out, but I have too.”

As of Thursday afternoon, according to Info Neige, crews had completed about 24 per cent  of the snow-removal operation.

But some, are choosing to look on the bright side.

“Quite honestly, I know places like Nova Scotia the house owners need to clean their part of the street and that makes a huge difference,” said a resident.


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