It’s been a busy week for the City of Vancouver as they try to keep the roads and sidewalks safe.
General Manager of Engineering Services Jerry Dobrovolny says last night alone, 18 tons of salt and 60,000 litres of brine were used.
He says right now the roads are in good condition, but with the increased snowfall, it’s turning it into more slush – making the afternoon commute challenging.
“If the snow picks up and continues through the afternoon, it could be a messier commute home than it was on the way in.”
Dobrovolny says if the snow increases throughout the day, ploughs will be used as well, but adds he doesn’t think the trucks will need to take those measures.
As for cost, he says the storm response will affect the budget, but could not say how much.
Dobrovolny says to plan ahead for your commute and to leave yourself some extra time.
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Meanwhile, more and more people are cranking those heaters up as the temperatures continue to fall.
BC Hydro saw electricity demand peak between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursday – setting a new record for the year.
Electricity demand increased by 18 per cent
Homeowners face the prospect of limited access to salt and shovels as many stores completely sell out.
“It’s because it’s Vancouver, no one has salt and no one has a shovel in Vancouver.”
Manager of the Canadian Tire on Grandview Highway, Brad Morningstar says staff are run off their feet struggling to keep up with demand as the second snow storm rolls in.
“Unbelievable, we’ve sold over 1,300 shovels in the last week. We are getting some more scrapers in this afternoon, but right now we are completely out, we sold a couple of thousands of those as well.”
Morningstar says the store just received 1,000 bags of salt and he expects it will sell out by this afternoon.