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Midnapore resident frustrated by Calgary’s snow removal policy

Global News Morning Calgary's Doug Vaessen talks about a Calgary street with too much snow and nowhere to park.

A record snowfall has left Calgary resident Jim Ashe gobsmacked at the city’s policy of not removing snow from residential streets.

“I’m kind of shocked…in disbelief a little bit. I know a week from now if this is still here, then I won’t be very happy,” the Midnapore resident said. “I won’t be very happy about it at all.”

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Wednesday night Ashe said a city truck got stuck on his street trying to plow through March’s record-setting snow.

Another truck and a bobcat showed up later, and in a flurry of activity, plowed the street to bare asphalt then left, leaving huge piles of snow.

Some of the snow that remained Friday morning was up to two metres high, three metres wide and over 30 metres long, blocking street parking.

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Ashe says it makes no sense.

“I’ve been in Calgary for 25 years and there’s a lot of snow each year, but it seems to me while they have the Bobcats and dump trucks and everything here, why didn’t they follow overnight with a loader and get this done properly?”

Global News contacted the city and was told the issue of removing snow from residential streets will go before city council in June.

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The city will move piles of snow that are causing problems based on a priority list, the city said in an email to Global News.

To speed things up, the city said people can submit photos of snow piles when they call 311.