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Snowy Sunday forces many to dig out in the Kingston area

Kingstonians clean-up and help others after first major snowstorm of 2020
It was a Sunday of digging out in Kingston after the first major snowstorm of 2020.

Kingston’s first snowstorm of the new year died down early Sunday morning.

The wicked weather system made driving treacherous and forced the cancellation of some events.

For many, Sunday was a time to dig out. It was also a time to lend a helping hand.

Laura Garcia-Cervantes was one of those people. She was on her way to church when she picked up a shovel.

“No, this isn’t my driveway here, I’m doing it (for) my neighbour. No, I don’t have too, but I feel like that might return the favour someday. They might not, whatever, just pass on some kindness.”

Southern Ontario sees first big snowfall of the year
Southern Ontario sees first big snowfall of the year

John Kenny was also busy with a shovel in Kingston on Sunday morning.

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“Our community is everything around here, you need to stick together,” he said. “Especially in bad times, people always need a hand and I help out at St. John’s shoveling too down the street, so I do a lot of work, keep busy and try to help out who I can.”

Sally Van Luven’s snow-covered pick-up truck and driveway were the focus of Kenny’s attention when she spoke to Global News.

“John has been shoveling me out for, oh, about two or three years now,” Van Luven said. “He’s just a lifesaver. There’s no way I could shovel at my age and everything else I have to do. He comes and I don’t even have to call them, he’s always here.”

Almost everyone we spoke with, including Morgan Mainguy, agreed Kingston got off easy compared to what happened on the East Coast.

Clean-up efforts underway in St. John’s two days after massive snowstorm
Clean-up efforts underway in St. John’s two days after massive snowstorm

“I used to live there for about five years so I know how bad (it can get); it’s probably about one of the worst winters I’ve seen out there.”

Mainguy says her heart goes out to those out East digging-out.

“Oh gosh yeah, I can’t even imagine having to go through that. Sometimes you can’t even find your car.”

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That wasn’t the case here. The Kingston-area received around 20-centimetres of snow over the course of the storm.