Plows clear most streets

Warm weather and hard work from city crews mean the streets in and around Penticton are mostly clear of snow, and those that aren't should expect to see plows tomorrow. 

City works superintendent John Fenske said plows started work at 4 a.m. Wednesday morning to deal with what amounted to close to a foot of snow in some areas.

"We had 11 pieces of equipment out there, eight snowplows, two front-end loaders and a grader working," Fenske said. "We're doing pretty good. We've done most of our "priority one" areas, we're on our twos."

The city categories areas that need plowing in the event of a snowstorm, with residential areas being category three, which Fenske said they will get to Thursday. 

The weather, which warmed up considerably throughout the day Wednesday and helped melt the snow, was a blessing to city crews. 

"The weather is great," Fenske said with a laugh. "Looks like the storm event is over, so we should be able to catch up quickly."

Much of Thursday's work will be cleaning up the last of the residential areas, and focusing on the inevitable side effect of snow: meltwater, and debris in street drains. 

"We'll probably be doing a significant amount of drainage work tomorrow," Fenske said. "What happens when we get a significant dump like this and it starts to melt, then we are on a catch basin opening priority to get the drains open."

Drain opening has already begun Wednesday to prepare for the amount of water that will be melting through the system. 

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