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Salt Available: Snow and Ice response

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hello neighbours,

Since our last meeting, SRA council member Charis Walko has requested and received a snow-and-ice-response salt drop for our neighbourhood.

While we are through the worst of the snow and ice for now - temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight and through the week.

The City has dropped a small pile of salted sand at the cul-de-sac at 700 Georgia (at Hawks), for the free use of Strathcona neighbours.

Please note that this is a VERY small pile for resident use only. We ask that you please be considerate of our less mobile neighbors and people without car access to drive to stores (stores have been re-stocked with salt). If you are able, please consider picking up some salted sand mix for your less mobile neighbout.
- thank you!

From the city:

It has been an unusually wintery winter, and we are expecting more snow in Vancouver and another three weeks of cold.

With more snow predicted to fall over the next few days, we wanted to ensure that everyone is safe and reaching out to help neighbours who may be in need. The City has contacted our community organization with the following information about snow clearing.

Clearing sidewalks is the responsibility of residents and businesses outside of their properties, and with snow and ice covering most of the city, it will require all of our involvement to assist in its removal. Tips for clearing your sidewalk:

1. Shovel off any remaining ice or snow that is on the sidewalks or driveways in advance of the next snowfall.

2. Lay salt down on sidewalks and driveways prior to the snowfall. This will help to melt the ice and make it easier to remove.

3. While salt helps to break up ice and snow, it is not a replacement for snow removal. Shovel new snow as soon as it falls to prevent build up and melting into an ice crust. If you can, get out early in the morning before the morning commute will help ensure that snow isn’t packed down and will make it easier to remove.

The City’s snow and ice clearing priorities include major roads, bus routes, bridges, emergency access routes, and the 15 most used walkways and bike routes. For more information see the attached link: Please let the city know about hazardous areas in your neighbourhood.

If you would like to report an issue to the City directly, please call 3-1-1 or use the VanConnect app on your mobile device. Together, we can ensure that all residents in our neighbourhood are able to travel safety during this cold and snowy winter.