Regina begins residential plowing
After successfully tackling the main roadways, the City of Regina can focus on the remaining 60 per cent of the roads: over 500 km of residential streets.
The city began plowing on the morning of March 8, and a focus was put on speed and efficiency; meaning parked cars weren’t stopping the plows.
“They’ll be plowed around, like our current operations do, even on the snow routes if you don’t move your vehicle they’ll be plowed around,” roadways and transportation director Norman Kyle said.
The city was good on its promise. Snowed-in cars were a dime-a-dozen on neighborhood streets; nearly as common as the tow trucks there to rescue them.
“I got stuck there yesterday – as you see I’m parked in front of a fire hydrant – and [I thought], I’ll leave it alone and figure it out later,” explained Trevor Morin, an unfortunate downtown resident. “I woke up this morning and saw the snowplow going by and was like ‘hmm, now I’m not going to be able to push it out.’”
Morin says the tow cost him just over $50, but it was the only option he had; especially since he wasn’t sure when his street was getting plowed.
“[A] couple more days’ notice would’ve been okay, because I noticed they did my back alley, or somebody did, so I could’ve parked it back there,” he lamented.
Morin is just one of the hundreds who tow companies have helped over the past few days.
“It’s been pretty crazy, we’ve had times where we’re 8-10 hours behind, right now we’re actually caught up so we’re doing pretty good, we’re 30-45 minutes right now.” Geoffrey Calibaba, owner of Alpine Towing and Recovery noted.
Calibaba said they were receiving as many as 200 calls a day earlier in the week, but it’s not just snowed in cars taking their toll; it’s snowed in driveways as well.
“We’ve seen two types of increases, one is slips and falls – people forgot there was ice underneath that snow, so when they go out to do their work they’re slipping and falling – and people go out to shovel snow. They haven’t used those muscles in several months, so they’re using them again and hurting their backs,” explained Doug Pattison, public relations chair for the Chiropractors Association of Saskatchewan.
Pattison says it’s best to push snow when shoveling, and to only lift in front of you – rather than to the side – when necessary.
The city has posted a full schedule for residential plowing on their website. They expect it to take roughly two weeks to complete.
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