Montreal-area municipality warns of dangers of playing in snowbanks after near-tragedy averted

A child plays in a snow tunnel in this undated photo posted to Facbook by the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Sallaberry-de-Valleyfield/Facebook

A community located just off the southwestern tip of the Island of Montreal is sounding off over the potential dangers of playing in snowbanks.

This comes after a tragedy was narrowly avoided Sunday in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

In a social media post, officials said a child was playing in tunnel that had been dug out in a snowbank by the side of the road.

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The child was in the tunnel as a snow-clearing operation was underway on city streets.

The post goes on to say the child could have been buried in the snowbank were it not for the vigilance of a city employee.

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The operator of the snow-clearing equipment spotted part of a toque sticking out and was able to stop at the last second, the post reads in French.

Officials went on to thank snow-removal crews who have not had a break since Jan. 12.

“The conditions are extremely demanding to bring the situation under control and provide safe traffic lanes for all users as quickly as possible,” the post said.

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The Montreal area has been pummelled by a series of snow events, leaving municipalities scrambling to clear streets and leaving mountains of snow piled up waiting to be removed.

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And while they can seem like a lot of fun to play on, the city is hoping its post will resonate with parents and will serve as a reminder of the possible dangers.

The post has been shared over 1,600 times since it was first put online Tuesday evening.

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