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City of Vernon crews are busy removing snow to aid drainage

Big machines move snow

As warm weather blankets the Okanagan, City of Vernon crews are removing snow from select areas to help with drainage and prevent massive puddles from forming.

Crews has been using heavy equipment to remove snow banks from areas on Pleasant Valley Road, 43rd Avenue, 27th Street and select other areas of town.

“The primary purpose of the snow removal right now is to increase drainage in those areas as we start to see snow melt and making sure the runoff can happen and get into the drains properly,” said Christy Poirier, with the city.

Poirier said due to the expense of the operation, it is not carried out very often, but is required in certain areas to prevent potential flooding.

“We do it when it is necessary,” she said Friday. “There is quite a significant cost in removing and hauling the snow.”

Poirier said the past few weeks road crews have been focused on snow removal following the recent winter storms that dumped a significant amount of the white stuff on the area.

With the weather settling down, they are now focusing on other aspects of winter cleanup.



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