Chorus of boos over back lane snow plowing is growing louder, as a number of Winnipeg homeowners are having to chip away and shovel tall windrows left behind by plows.
The City of Winnipeg has crews out to plow back lanes this week in order to get rid of deep ruts and improve spring drainage. The plowing is expected to end at 7 p.m. tonight.
But as the machines clear the lanes down to the pavement, they are leaving behind large ridges of snow and ice — also known as windrows — for homeowners to clear away themselves. In some cases, they're over a metre high.
"They did the wrong job. They didn't have to go down to the concrete," said Gerry Rose, who spent hours shovelling the windrow in his River Heights back lane on Friday.
"It hasn't been down to the concrete since last October, right? So they just had to shave out the ruts; that's all they had to do."
With so many people trying to deal with piles of snow this week, chiropractors are seeing more back injuries this week.
Dr. Steven Gulowaty, a chiropractor in Winnipeg, says his office has had a 15 per cent increase in the number of back injuries related to snow shovelling.
"It's been increased this week in particular because of the warmer weather out there, so people want to go out there and try and get rid of all the snow on their sidewalks or on their driveways, things like that," he said.
The city's policy says it's only responsible for windrows on front drives, not for the removal of windrows in back lanes.
Crews started working on back lanes last Wednesday, after 800 complaints about the conditions of back lanes were received in a 12-day period, a city spokesperson told CBC News.
The city says it has received another 100 snow-clearing complaints since Wednesday.
On Thursday, River Heights-Fort Garry Coun. John Orlikow called on the city to send crews back to some back lanes and at least reduce the size of the larger windrows.
"They're not windrows, they're cliffs," Orlikow said late Thursday.