Monday, January 25, 2021

Saskatoon cleans up after overnight blizzard

Saskatoon cleans up after overnight blizzard

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The City of Saskatoon said Thursday morning that, while total snowfall in the city was low, the wind caused it to drift and plows had been deployed.

In total, a city fleet of 18 sanders and nine plows started working Wednesday night, spreading salt on highly trafficked roadways and moving drifts.

Residential snow removal initially scheduled for overnight Wednesday was rescheduled for early next week. This means the city’s aim to have residential snow removal complete by Friday will be pushed back. Garbage collection is continuing as scheduled.

The City of Saskatoon’s director of roadways and fleet support, Goran Saric, said 20 sanders were out on high-traffic streets, bridges and intersections Thursday morning. Eight high-speed plows had been deployed to outlying areas affected by snow drifts and another four were targeting Eighth Street and College Drive.

Sidewalk plows will also be clearing sidewalks and pathways Thursday, Saric said.

A Saskatoon police vehicle blocks a road near a fallen lamp post on 25th Street on Jan. 13. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Three street light poles in the city were damaged by the strong winds, including one with traffic signals at First Avenue and 22nd Street, that was being repaired Thursday morning.

On Wednesday, the Saskatoon Police Service said officers had responded to 18 collisions before 3:30 p.m., including one with minor injuries. On Thursday morning officers were warning drivers to exercise caution on the roads.

“Motorists in Saskatoon are advised to give themselves extra time to get to their destination. Some city streets remain icy and snow-covered this morning,” Saskatoon police warned in a media release Thursday. “If you must venture out, please use extra caution; reduce your speeds, ensure your lights are turned on and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead.”

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