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City wants your help when the snow flies

Don't leave your car or truck parked on a city street when the snow starts falling.
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November 20, 2014 - 2:58 PM

KELOWNA – Don’t leave you vehicle parked on the street once the snow starts falling in Kelowna, that way city crews can do a better job of plowing and sanding. That’s the word the City of Kelowna is trying to spread in advance of the snowfall forecast for Friday.

Environment Canada is calling for flurries Friday morning and up to five centimetres of wet snow in the afternoon.

“If the streets, particularly cul-de-sacs, are clear of vehicles, our crews are able to do a better job of clearing the roads,” roadways operations supervisor Stephen says in a media release. “Without vehicles in the way, the crews are much more efficient and able to get through each area quickly and on to the next section of road.”

The city has a clear-cut system when it comes to clearing the snow and laying down sand during a snowfall. The first priority is high traffic roads like Gordon Drive, according to the release.

The next priority is collector roads like Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centers and emergency vehicle stations. Third on the priority list are roads in neighbourhoods and the last priority are laneways.

A provincial contractor is responsible for Highways 97 and 33 through the city.

Plus, the city doesn’t do sidewalks.

Residents are responsible to keep the sidewalks next to their property clear of snow and ice. The city has a program called Snow Busters which encourages neighbours to help out those who find clearing the snow a tough job like seniors or people with disabilities.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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