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Weekend Storm Brings Community to a Standstill

by Shanine Sealey

Martensville was one of many other communities to get pummeled by March coming in like a lion this year, as the area saw approximately 30 to 40cm of snow fall within a 24-hour period.

The City of Martensville released a statement on Sunday evening asking residents to stay home on Monday morning if possible, and if not to plan carefully due to the large amount of snow.

Crews were working throughout the weekend to remove snow drifts and accumulation on primary arterials and collector streets, and as of Monday, most streets within the community have seen a pass through with the grader.

Snow pick-up throughout the city will take place at a later date, beginning with priority areas and will be posted ahead of time.

“We are thankful to our crews that have worked tirelessly through the weekend to help ensure access could be maintained to infrastructure and emergency services through the largest storm this winter season. Going forward, we hope residents can help each other dig out and also show patience with our crews as we move on to next stages of snow removal,” City Manager Tanya Garost said.

The Martensville Fire Department reminded residents with fire hydrants on their property to ensure when shoveling, not to forget to take some time to clear the hydrants of ice and snow so they can spot and access them quickly in case of emergency.

It is also important to ensure that all intake pipes and exhaust vents on your home are clear of snow, as a plugged exhaust could result in carbon monoxide entering your home, or cause your furnace to shut down.

Many businesses, as well as schools and civic facilities were either closed, or opened late on Monday as travel was difficult due to road conditions.

Although cooler temperatures are forecasted for the rest of the week, by the weekend, warmer weather will begin to melt the accumulated snow.

More information about snow removal procedures can be found on page 2 of this issue, or by visiting www.martensville.ca. Updates on snow removal can be found on the City of Martensville Facebook page.

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