City Slow to Respond to Snowfall?
Prince George, B.C. – It may only be a few centimetres, but today’s snowfall seems to have caught the City of Prince George off guard.
There have been multiple reports of fender benders around town yet City sanding trucks weren’t loaded up and sent out until 10:00 this morning. Environment Canada predicted our first substantial snowfall yesterday.
So what gives?
“We were ready. We are ready,” says Blake McIntosh, the City’s manager of roads and fleet division. “We have all the equipment outfitted and ready to go but the public still needs to remember that we’re in a transitional season right now. We still have construction going on, we’re actually paving today. So resources were spread out trying to wrap up the shoulder season of construction.”
He insists the City wasn’t caught with its pants down.
“No, it (snow) didn’t catch the City with its pants down. We had trucks available. If you look at our snow and ice control policy, full crew activation occurs when there’s 75 mm or more on priority roads,” says McIntosh.
“And then priority three’s (residential side streets) it’s 120 mm. So a small one to two cm snow event we’re handling it with trucks and fracture salt. We will be salting and sanding the priority two’s that have hills and bus stops as per our normal practices.”