Challenging weather puts city crews to the test

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CORNER BROOK  With near record snowfalls in December followed by extremely cold temperatures, winter operations crews have been working around the clock for several weeks to keep Corner Brook’s streets and sidewalks open for traffic and pedestrians.

 

Local statistics show that Corner Brook received 154.8 cm of snow during December — the fifth highest snowfall for that month since 1933. By comparison, only 101.4 cm of snow was recorded in Corner Brook in December 2012.

 

The heavy snowfall requires a significant effort to clear and remove the snow from city streets and sidewalks, as well as keeping all the equipment running. Unfortunately one of the city’s 1996 loaders appears to have experienced a significant engine failure and will be out of service for the medium to long term.

 

The city’s 2004 loader is also out of service due to an unknown problem. Staff is currently considering options for repairs, as well as options for possible short term replacements if the repairs cannot be accomplished in a timely manner.

 

The city apologizes for any delays in snowclearing that may result from these equipment breakdowns.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • John
    January 04, 2014 - 10:45

    This is a prime example of how the city spends its money. Multimillion dollar buildings for city admin. to sit in and public works has to use obsolete or broken down heavy equipment in winter conditions like we are currently experiencing. Stop building new buildings Mayor and purchase additional snow clearing equipments. I think this is where taxpayers will see a bigger bang for its tax $$$$$$. At least we can look out our windows and see the equipment working....