City crews have been out working hard to keep City streets and sidewalks as safe as possible during the storm. The high winds, falling and blowing snow are causing low visibility in many areas. Residents are reminded to look out for one another and use extra caution on roads and sidewalks across the City. When parking, motorists are encouraged to take advantage of available off-street parking, where possible.
The safety of our citizens remains our number one priority and City staff continue to work within the Winter Management Plan to meet the established service objectives. Major arteries, highway connections and emergency routes are being cleared constantly, with major bus routes, and streets connecting schools, community centres and business districts as the second priority.
The snow accumulation, combined with the after-effects of plowing roads and parking lots, leaves many fire hydrants across the City partially or completely buried in snow. When snow is deposited on fire hydrants, it can be difficult for firefighters and Saint John Water crews to locate and access them during an emergency.
Residents and private snow removal contractors are asked to be mindful of the fire hydrants and not cover them with snow and ice when clearing roadways, driveways and parking lots. Those who have a fire hydrant on or near their property are encouraged to take a few minutes to help clear away the snow so it remains visible in the event of an emergency.
The below image shows the upper connections that should remain visible and accessible at all times.
Any questions about the City’s Winter Management Plan should be directed to Municipal Operations at 658-4455.