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City crews salting major routes for first snow fall of 2013

December 9 2013 Public asked to help keep sidewalks and storm drains clear of ice and snow

snow removal equipment

With the first snow of the year, City crews are out salting Vancouver's major routes today.

The City of Vancouver takes snow removal seriously and has a comprehensive snow plan. When snow hits, crews make consistent, coordinated efforts to keep main throughways clear, including bus routes, bridges, and arterials.

How City crews are preparing for snow

City crews have been making preparations throughout the weekend for today's snow flurries and freezing drizzle, and dispatched 20 City trucks to salt and sand major routes starting at 7:00am this morning. The City has a total of 1,800 tons of salt in stock. Overnight crews and equipment are ready to be deployed if today's weather continues this evening and into tomorrow. 

If snow accumulates, crews will be out to clear snow from major routes, on-street storm drains, and sidewalks in key areas. If the weather turns to freezing rain, crews will focus on clearing storm drains to prevent any potential flooding problems.

Help clear snow and ice

You play a large role in keeping Vancouver's sidewalks and storm drains clear. Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with disabilities. A single portion of a sidewalk that is not cleared can negate the clearing efforts of the rest of the residents on the whole block. Lend a hand to those who are unable to shovel their own sidewalks, and adopt the sidewalk of a senior neighbour or person with a mobility issue and keep it clear of snow and ice all winter long.  

When you need to clear snow and ice from your sidewalk to avoid a fine

All Vancouver property owners and occupants (tenants) are responsible for clearing snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their property by 10:00am on the morning following a snowfall. This responsibility is in effect seven days a week. Property owners and occupants who fail to remove snow and ice may be subject to fines. Please also help keep storm drains clear of leaves and snow to prevent flooding.

Report a problem on City property

To report problems on City property, please call 3-1-1 or 604-873-7000.

Find out about our snow plan

Snow in the West End

Snow removal

Check our priority locations for removing snow and ice. Find out how you can help keep sidewalks clear.