The City of Corner Brook has answered a call for help and sent some of its snowclearing equipment and staff to the Port aux Basque area.
Mayor Charles Pender said on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayor-Charles-Pender/376551882473212, that the request came from the Department of Transportation after a major storm hit the southwest coast over the past few days.
Pender said in the post that the city is sending two John Deere loaders and two snowblowers along with a truck to Port aux Basques.
“City heavy equipment operators along with a support mechanic have agreed to operate the blowers in the Port aux Basques area,” said Pender.
He said the equipment was brought to the Department of Transportation depot on Lundrigan Drive at 6:30 a.m. for pick up by the department on a low bed float.
The city’s employees travelling with the equipment were expected to leave at around 8 a.m.
Pender said the machinery was serviced and checked as per service manuals and a total visual inspection was completed before departure.
“As well, all oils, grease, filters, spare lights and working parts that we have available have been catalogued and made ready for transport by the support mechanic.”
Pender said the equipment is expected to be running 15 to 16 hours per day, so the city will be sending a relief crew after a maximum of four shifts to ensure a safe operation.
“We feel certain our employees will work as hard as they have worked this winter keeping the roads open in our city and we commend them and all our city public works employees for their hard work, skills, dedication and willingness to assist others when needed.”
With no significant snowfall expected in the next few days the mayor said the city is confident it can spare the equipment and crew at this time.
He noted all costs associated with this operation are being covered by the Department of Transportation.
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation reported on its website at 10:46 a.m. that equipment was working on widening the Trans-Canada Highway and Route 470.