Saturday, January 1, 2011

Snow and what you need to know :)

Happy New Year to all my readers ..old and new! Hope that 2011 is a good year for all of you.

Been away for a month, and now am back in good old Canada.......surprised when I landed yesterday to wonderful weather, no trace of snow anywhere and no need of thermals!!

Just went through all my mail and got a nice letter to all residents of Brampton from the Works and Transportation department. Thought I'd share the info with you so that if you are in Canada, or planning on coming here during the winter months, you may find this helpful.

Snow and what you need to know:

A heavy or continuous snowfall may extend to 48 hours or more. The City uses detailed weather reports and 24 hour road patrols to quickly respond to winter weather conditions.

Before a storm, a liquid salt brine mix is put on primary roads to prevent the snow from sticking to the surface of the road to make it easier to plow.

Local residential streets and courts are cleared after primary roads are complete. They are treated with sand/salt mix and plowed only when there is more than 7.5 cm of snow.

Streets with schools are cleared continuously.

You can help by:

Not parking on the street during or immediately after a snow storm. This is in fact prohibited by law.

Clear snow from fire hydrants in front of your property. Owners of homes are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks in from of or beside their property by 11am the day after the end of a snowfall.

Shovelling snow onto the road from private property poses a driving hazard and is prohibited.

Qualified seniors and physically challenged homeowners can ask for Financial Assistance for hiring someone to remove the snow for them.

Did you know?

The City is not responsible for damage to plants, driveway curbs or other items that property owners have placed within the City's right of way.

Recreation facilities are designated as safe haven locations. In case of a declared emergency, City residents can seek shelter or visit the facility when in need of assistance.

State of the art, environment friendly equipment and technology is used by the City to manage snow removal.

Allow work crews sufficient time to remove ice and snow.

Check for the latest updates on the weather, school closures and school bus services.

Have a safe winter and let me know if there is any other information you would like me to write about.

Thanks and have a wonderful year!


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