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Crews still working to clean up Calgary after record snowfall

Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 at 7:13 am MDT

(Ian Campbell/CityNews)

The City of Calgary continues to clean up after a record breaking snowfall.

A snow route parking ban is still in effect and the city handed out 224 tickets in the first six hours of the ban.

According to a tweet from Councillor Ward Sutherland Sunday, the city has used 3,800 tonnes of salt, 1,020 tonnes of pickle mix and 100 litres of calcium chloride at a cost of $1.3 million, $300,000 in contractors.

He added crews have been working hard and asked for patience.

Roads spokesperson Tara Norton-Merrin said crews are about halfway through Priority Two routes, and reminded everyone to keep their cars off those snow routes.

“So that crews can move the snow off of the road right to the curb and this will help for sure with the buses so that they’re not getting stuck on those routes,” she explained.

However, she also hinted the ban could be lifted early. It’s currently set to expire Wednesday.

“Right now, looking at the progress the crews are making, it’s looking like we will be done early we just have to wait to see if it will be lifted (Monday) or (Tuesday),” said Norton-Merrin

The city doesn’t clear residential streets, but she said they will still get some attention once the main routes are done.

“What crews will do is they will come in and they will flat-blade those roads to make sure all the ruts are knocked down and that all the roads are passable,” she explained adding if roads are impassable, call 311.

While it is easier to get around than it was on Friday, Regional Director of Southland Transportation Jonathan Wiel tells CityNews it can be a challenge for their smaller buses, especially in those neighbourhoods which don’t get any attention.

“Our smaller buses that we use on our complex learning needs routes do have to go into the communities and pick up from the front doors of the students, so, on those occasions in some communities where we have the cul-de-sacs and small closes, then they do have a problem getting in and out sometimes,” he explained.

“But we have protocols with the school boards and we have protocols with the parents so we make arrangements, whether they bring the children to the bus where it waits at the end of the road.”

The weather may lend a helping hand with snow removal near the end of the week, when an extended stretch of temperatures above the freezing mark starts on Friday.

That, of course, brings on a whole different set of problems with ponding and localized flooding.