The Clearing of the Snow

Snow removal is a full time job here. Not a once or twice yearly thing like back on the coast.

We keep our snow shovel leaned up against the front of the house for easy access. And it sure does keep the plows and graders busy! Our street regularly gets cleared after a good snow fall but this past week something different happened.

It was Thursday afternoon when I looked out out window to see some no parking signs plopped onto the snow banks on the side of the road.

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I may be new here, but I figured out pretty quick that this would mean some pretty major snow removal was coming our way! It was necessary too. We were parking on a few inches of what was now ice, between banks that were a least 4 feet tall. If this is what it is like only one month into winter, I can’t imagine what it would be like after piling up for a few more months! So we parked the car in the back. I am actually glad we have the street parking instead of the driveway out back. The alley is cramped and a little hard to manoeuvre, especially with the snow.

The first graders came early Friday afternoon.

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They did a bunch of passes down the far side of the street, pushing the snow and ice this way and that. They must have done at least 6 passes, moving the ridge of snow from the side of the street, to the middle, then back again. I had to be somewhere then, so I wasn’t around for when they sucked up that ridge that extended down our whole street, but was expecting a nice clean place to park when I got home. Unfortunately, it must have been the end of their work day because our side was not cleared. And since it was then the weekend, our car lived on the other side of the street for a couple days. I’m glad we didn’t have to park out back the whole time!

On Monday morning, I heard the tractors back at work, this time on our side of the street!

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And this time I was around to see them actually get rid of the snow! I had seen these guys at work before, on the highway, but it was fun to see them right out my front window. This is what you call heavy duty!

snow removal (7)You can see above that the truck is nearly full of snow. They must fill up fast. In the 5 or so minutes before this guy came along, two full trucks drove past. They have a little convoy of empty trucks behind the big blower guy, so when a truck gets full, it just pulls ahead and an empty one pulls up into position. They switched out right in front of my window. I feel privileged.

snow removal (8)There were empty trucks going by at least every two or three minutes for about 20 minutes after this. So much snow being removed…I wonder where they end up taking it?

After all that, it sure feels nice to starts from scratch, with a clean, tidy(ish) street.

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3 thoughts on “The Clearing of the Snow

  1. Jessi

    In Prince George they have a snow dump. It’s just a huge pile of snow that never melts. Maybe Edmonton has one too. It reminds me of the zamboni pile behind hockey rinks only bigger. You can go visit it in the summer when you miss the snow

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