Plows on the way

Residents asked to move vehicles parked on Guelph streets and shovel windrows

 GUELPH, ON, February 21, 2014–The City will begin plowing residential streets within the hour to remove slush and ice in preparation for the expected below freezing temperatures tonight.    

The plow out will help provide safe access to residential streets for emergency services vehicles and residents. It is expected to take up to 18 hours to complete.   

Residents are urged to move parked vehicles from residential streets as soon as possible to assist the plows.

The City further encourages residents to shovel the windrows—the accumulation of snow and slush at the end of driveways—once the plow has cleared the street. Otherwise, they can freeze and become difficult to remove. 

Whenever possible assist neighbours with shovelling. The Snow Angels program is available for seniors and residents with physical disabilities in need of assistance shovelling, call 519-822-1155.    

Along with the drop in temperature, Environment Canada expects wind gusts up to 80 kilometres per hour this evening which may cause tree branches to fall.  

The City reminds residents of the following winter safety tips:

  • Drive according to road conditions and pack an emergency car kit
  • Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding
  • Be cautious around waterways and ponds
  • 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 3m of clearance on the road—space required for vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances to pass safety
  • 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
  • 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
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow

The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather.

The City will continue to provide updates to the community, and invites people to subscribe to updates using Twitter or Facebook.

For more information

Rodney Keller
General Manager
Public Works
519-822-1260 extension 2949