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City readies for snow this weekend

December 2 2016

Snow removal on Vancouver streets

Our crews are prepared to respond to winter weather this weekend. In anticipation of predicted light snow starting Saturday night and freezing temperatures, crews will work late Saturday and on Sunday to salt and brine Vancouver's major routes. More snow and freezing temperatures are also forecast for next week.

Our fleet includes 44 trucks that salt roads and there are 1,500 tonnes of salt in stock. We added two new brine units this year that cover more street surface in one pass so crews can spray more area in less time. Specialized equipment is also available to salt bikeways. 

We take snow removal seriously and have a comprehensive snow response plan in place. When snow hits, our crews make consistent, coordinated efforts to keep main roadways clear — including bus routes, bridges, and major roads.

If the weather turns to freezing rain, we focus on salting and brining roadways, and on clearing storm drains to prevent any potential flooding problems.

Clear snow and ice from your sidewalk

All Vancouver property owners and occupants (tenants) are responsible to clear snow and ice from the full width of sidewalks that surround their property by 10:00am 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. Help keep storm drains clear of leaves and snow to prevent flooding. 
Snow and ice on the sidewalk can be a barrier for many people, particularly seniors and people with mobility challenges. Through our Snow Angel program, we encourage residents and businesses to lend a hand to those who can't shovel their own sidewalks by adopting the sidewalk of a neighbour and keeping it clear of snow and ice all winter long.

Be ready for winter weather

Report street flooding, access, safety, and maintenance issues

Connect with us on the go, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our VanConnect app. Use the app to report snow causing flooding, issues with transit shelter access, uncleared sidewalks, and any other street maintenance issues.

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