Snow clean up underway in Penticton

As of mid-day Monday there were no reported road closures or serious car accidents in Penticton, as a result of the heavy snowfall.

According to the Penticton RCMP, there were a few minor motor vehicle accidents and people having trouble walking and taking falls.

"We were surprised. With the snowfall warning today, it could have been much worse," said Cst. Martin Degen.

City works staff have been operating five large plow trucks, three sidewalk sweepers and two parking lot trucks that have blades and sanders to remove snow from roads.

Crews are also shovelling specific areas by hand, including stair cases and bus shelters

Last night they focused on priority one routes, which include steep hills, arterial roads and paths to critical infrastructure like the fire hall  and hospital. Those routes are chosen for public safety.

Salt and sand has been applied to the main arterial roads

Crews were tackling priority two roads today, focusing on commercial and residential areas.

Depending on weather, priority three roads like cul-de-sacs are scheduled for tomorrow as well as second passes to widen paths.

Additional snow is being forecast by Environment Canada, but Wednesday might bring a warming trend 

“This was a healthy blast of winter weather, and city crews mobilized quickly to clear snow from the roads. They have been working hard to stay ahead of it, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as they work through the priority routes,” said Simone Blais, communications officer.

The city provided these tips for homeowners, for when it snows:

If you are clearing your driveway, push snow to the left side of your driveway (facing the house; to the right if you are facing the street) so it doesn’t get pushed back across the path of your vehicle when the plow goes by

If you are able, assist your neighbours with sidewalk and driveway clearing.

Nominate a Snow Angel: Visit www.penticton.ca/snow-angels to nominate someone in your neighbourhood who regularly lends a helping hand with shovelling. 

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