Frustration, anger grows among some Winnipeggers facing rising snowbanks
Published Monday, February 17, 2014 3:42PM CST
Last Updated Monday, February 17, 2014 6:33PM CST
More snow Sunday night has added to aggravation for some Winnipeggers frustrated by large snowbanks around the city.
About three to five centimetres of snow fell. Some residents said they aren't pleased to find crews piling it up along boulevards and street corners.
Tara Warkentin-Low awoke to find a seven-feet tall (2.13 metres) pile of snow in front of her house Monday morning.
“I freaked out this morning,” she said. “I looked at it and thought – ‘What am I supposed to do with this? How am I supposed to break through this,’” she said.
Warkentin-Low called 311. She said she was told it was her responsibility to clear the snow away.
“(It’s) crazy…I keep it clean and they do this and I can’t clean it up,” she said.
The city said it isn’t responsible for keeping a clear pathway between the sidewalk and the street.
Some residents who spoke to CTV News Monday said that doesn’t seem fair.
“They like leaving a mess but they don’t like cleaning it up,” said Pamela Mainville.
Reg Cassie has a massive snowbank, measuring about 12 feet (3.66 metres), in front of his Bannerman Avenue house.
“I’d hate to see it in spring when it starts melting…I’ll still have snow in July,” he said.
The city said it takes four to six weeks to do a snow-pile reduction operation in a normal year.
If people spot snowbanks they believe pose hazards, people can call 311 and a crew will get to it as soon as they can, said the city.
Since Nov. 1, Winnipeg has had 124 centimetres of snow, said Environment Canada.
Last year, a total of 120.6 centimetres had fallen as of Feb. 28, 2013.
The average snowfall for Winnipeg from November through February is slightly more than 79 centimetres.
The last time Winnipeg saw this much snow at this stage in winter was in 1996-1997.
A large snowbank, measuring about 12 feet (3.66 metres), sits on Bannerman Avenue in Winnipeg on Feb. 17, 2014.