PHOTOS: Windsorites Dig Out From Snowstorm
Saturday December 14th, 2013
Posted at 3:53pm
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Citizens armed with shovels took to sidewalks, driveways and streets to dig out from the first round of this December’s biggest snowfall event.
Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning for the City of Windsor, Leamington and Essex County as ‘significant snowfall’ was expected to continue through Saturday evening.
Current information indicates that 15-20 cm of snow is possible for the Windsor region — especially for locations near Lake Erie.
Since midnight, more than 25 car crashes were reported to Windsor Police, including two on EC Row.
No major injuries were reported.
In Tecumseh, rescue workers extricated a person from a vehicle that was teetering on the edge of a ditch. Tecumseh Fire and OPP closed Manning near Malden during the crash.
As for plows? They’re hitting the streets.
The City of Windsor’s main salt routes are maintained by 21 vehicles covering 1,067 lane-kilometres or road at a cost of approximately $12,000/hour.
Depending upon the time of day, traffic volumes and snowfall amounts, the City says average routes can take between 3 and 6 hours to complete one pass with a plow. Trucks will continue back over these routes until the storm has stopped and these streets are clear of snow and ice.
Wondering when side (residential) streets will be done? They’re not plowed or salted until the City has received a snowfall in excess of 10 centimetres (4 inches).
The City says the cost to plow and salt all residential streets is in excess of $300,000 per snowfall event.