Despite the above normal snowfall this winter, Deer Lake’s public works superintendent Dave Thomas believes his crew is doing a good job in keeping the town’s roads clear.
However, Thomas did say it’s a long process to upkeep the roadways.
He told council during Monday’s public meeting that the town’s 60 kilometres of roads can take more than a week to fully clear.
Thomas said his crews can only clean between seven and 10 kilometres of roadways per day and the almost steady addition of new snow can drag that process out even longer.
“And in between that, there’s more snow,” said an exasperated Thomas, who was giving his bi-weekly report to council.
“We have 225 fire hydrants to clear, we can do five per hour, so we can do that in a couple of days, but in between that, there’s more snow, so we appreciate people’s patience,” he said.
He said town workers are currently working on clearing the hydrants and encourages residents to aid in the effort to maintain clear hydrants near their properties.
“I get people calling me, asking if it’s OK to do that, and I tell them, fill your boots,” he said. “We usually get about 10 people around town doing that regularly, and it helps.”
He said last year town staff didn’t have to start clearing hydrants until mid-January.
This year by that same time they had cleared hydrants three times in town.