MONTREAL, Dec. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - This winter's second snow removal
operation began last night in most of Montreal's boroughs, following
the heavy snowfall that dropped some 30 centimetres over the city in
the past few days in addition to freezing rain. Early this morning, the
loading operation got underway throughout the City of Montreal's
territory and we estimate that 10% of the snow removal has been carried
out at this time.
Snow-clearing operations will continue in most boroughs until
approximately 4 pm on December 24. The City of Montreal will then
suspend loading operations in most boroughs until Thursday, December
26, at 7 a.m. This break will allow employees and contractors to enjoy
the holidays and to rest, as dictated in the provincial Regulation
respecting the hours of driving and rest. This regulation prescribes
that heavy vehicle drivers must take a rest period of at least 36
consecutive hours after working 70 hours over a period of 7 days or
If additional snow accumulation reaches 2.5 centimetres or more during
this period, the City of Montreal will ensure that the main arteries
and streets with major bus lines, metro stations and hospitals are
plowed and salted.
"Some 3000 employees and 2200 vehicles have been on the job for several
days to clear away the snow and facilitate travel for Montrealers as we
head into the holiday period. We are making every effort to ensure
Montrealers can travel safely," said Anie Samson, City of Montreal
Executive Committee Vice-President and member responsible for public
safety and services for citizens.
The 30 centimetres that we received in the last few days are equal to 53
centimetres of water. This is a very large quantity but removal should
be completed by December 31.
Last week, 5000 cars were towed during the first snow removal operation.
There is still considerable work to be done by all seeing that since 7
a.m this morning 700 cars were towed.
"I urge Montreal's citizens to be patient and vigilant, to opt for
public transportation and to obey parking regulations. If we don't have
to bother with towing cars that are hindering operations, things run
more smoothly and everyone wins," concluded Ms. Samson.
For further information, Montrealers can visit the following Web site: www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/snowremoval.
SOURCE: Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
For further information:
Source: Louis-Pascal Cyr
Mayor's Office and Executive Committee
Information: Media relations / Snow removal