Lethbridge is finally digging itself out, after major snowfall stopped the city in its tracks over the weekend.
Monday morning saw residents wading through knee and sometimes thigh high snow drifts.
City crews struggled to keep up with the flurries but on Monday afternoon, finally seemed to find their footing.
“It seems like we’d go over it, 30 minutes later it’d be completely covered again and need another plow,” transportation operations manager Adam Campbell said.
“It was quite the weekend for us. It just seemed like we couldn’t really get ahead. I think in general we made it. I know it wasn’t perfect in terms of driving conditions but it could have been a lot worse.”
The snow day was widespread.
Both the university and college shut down operations, Park Place Mall was completely closed Monday, and police stopped responding to non-emergency calls on Sunday night.
Heavy snow also weighed down tree branches and awnings, causing multiple power outages across the city.
“Even today we’re seeing outages through the morning. We’re able to resolve those outages. Typically in 1-2 hours we’ve got those taken care of,” electric utility manager Stewart Parkis said.
“But I want to make sure that the public understands to not approach a down tree, particularly a down tree around a power line.”
Doug Kaup, head of city water and wastewater, says the expected slow increase in temperature over the week may prove to be a stroke of luck in avoiding flooding and freezing.
Kaup says people in areas with heavy snowfall should still take care to direct melting water toward storm drains, and prevent flooding by ensuring that snow and ice are not blocking the flow.