January 05, 2015 - 12:49 PM
KELOWNA - The city of Kelowna is working to get the snow off area roads and residents can help by moving vehicles from curbs and into driveways and parking lots.
With heavy snowfall in the past 24 hours and more on the way the city of Kelowna is requesting cars parked curbside be moved to driveways so the job can get done with greater efficiency. Plows have been out since the wee hours and now the city's giving folks a bit of notice to move cars away from city streets to be ready for a larger operation that's happening this afternoon.
"This has been an extreme snow event and all city crews are our working on the high-traffic roads," Roadways Operations Supervisor Stephen Bryans says in a media release. "These Priority 1 streets will be the focus until the storm blows over. We'll also have additional contractors tackling the residential areas later today."
There are four priority levels according to the release and snow and ice clearing are conducted accordingly. Priority 1 streets include high traffic roads like Gordon Drive. Priority 2 include collector roads like Richter Street, bus routes and school zones, along with town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority 3 areas are local roads within neighbourhoods and Priority 4 includes city laneways.
Residents are responsible for clearing their own laneways and sidewalks adjacent to their property. The city is asking neighbours to help neighbours, particularly seniors and those with disabilities and injuries by tackling these jobs. You can also become a Snow Buster for the city and do this kind of thing all the time.
Meanwhile, the fire department also has a message reminding the public to clear snow from fire hydrants in front of their property to ensure easy use during an emergency.
For regular inquiries and emergency plowing or sanding after regular business hours, call 250-469-8600, option 1. Problems can be reported online.
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