I’m all Extreme Cold Warning-ed out, except to do the responsible thing and remind you that there is one in case you hadn’t heard :)
Today I wanted to touch on a topic raised by eBrandon members in the discussion thread that’s been attached to this post: the ever increasing snowbanks throughout residential areas in the city.
As per Environment Canada data 92.6cm of the white stuff has fallen so far this winter, leading to a total of is 55cm of snow on the ground in Brandon as of today. Though stats on depth only look to have been tracked since 2013, that depth is the most measured since that time for this date.
With every cm that falls on streets, sidewalks and driveways you have a little more snow that has to be cleared... resulting in bigger and bigger piles on boulevards, front yards, etc. In the attached discussion thread, eBrandon members "coffee" and "navithefairy" note that piles in their residential areas are getting to the point of forcing a vehicle to back out of a driveway blindly which flows into a conversation about how to safely address. Though the first obvious thought is that both drivers and pedestrians need to be extra aware when moving about in areas where one can’t see the other, that isn’t the most comforting answer to someone that might be having to do guesswork when backing out of their driveway.
If I just described you, you have options. Crews do actively remove snow from high traffic areas but that doesnt extend to every residential area. When clearing streets I understand that snow crews are instructed to do their best to deposit snow in places where storage doesnt effect sightlines or pedestrian usage, but that becomes a more and more challenging task as the snowfall totals add up. If you have what you’d describe as a hazardous pile on city property that is dangerously obstructing views you can call Public Works at 204-729-2285 for follow-up.
If that doesn’t get the result you’re hoping for or if the snowbank is your own on your private property and it isn't practical to deal with it yourself, local contractors also offer a removal service. On a quick check with Livingstone Landscaping I understand that they can either move snow to another space on your private property or haul it away altogether... pricing varying depending on which way you go with the former costing less than the latter.
Either way if the early forecast is to be believed, you’ll have to find a little extra room for more early next week with the expectation that Monday could bring new snowfall.