City crews are busy tending to the snow which has fallen in Guelph over the last 12 hours.
The current forecast shows the majority of the snow activity will end between 6 and 7 p.m. tonight. Crews are currently using plows to clear main and secondary roads. Once the snow stops falling crews will begin to apply salt/sand material to treat roads.
The City has reached the Council-approved 10 cm snow accumulation threshold and will be doing a city wide plow out starting at 7 p.m., with the intention of having streets cleared for the morning commute. We kindly ask residents to move cars off the streets to allow plows to pass.
Sidewalk plows have been out since 10 a.m. this morning and will continue until all sidewalks have been plowed.
The City reminds residents of the following to stay safe during the winter season:
·Allow for extra commute times, drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit.
· To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
·When parking on-street, residents are reminded to obey Guelph’s traffic by-law and ensure there is at least 3 m of clearance on the road – space required for other vehicles such as Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to pass safety.
·Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-1155.
·Report a snow removal concern by using the
“How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca
or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the exact location.
·Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
·Place garbage carts/bags at the curb on the morning of collection (by 6:30 a.m.) rather than the night before. Do not place waste on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead shovel a spot for your carts or bags, or place them in the driveway 1m back from the road.
·Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
Be cautious around waterways and ponds.
The City’s winter maintenance service
helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.