Another N.B. storm causes financial pain for Bathurst
Central and northern areas of province hit with winter weather mix
The storm that brought snow, slush and rain to parts of New Brunswick on Thursday is not just giving residents a reason to gripe. It's also another hit to municipal coffers.
As of 8:40 p.m., 18 centimetres of snow had fallen in Bathurst, a city that has already spent 62 per cent of its 2014 snow removal budget this year.
"In the first two months, January and February, we've spent probably about $100,000 more this year than we did last year," said Todd Pettigrew, the director of engineering services at the city.
"If that continues on that trend, we could be looking at a deficit."
Bathurst is already eyeing next year’s budget, trying to shave costs.
"We started in February and we're looking at ways of being efficient and changing the operations to ensure that we meet the needs of the changes that are coming forward," Pettigrew said.
The final day of winter (spring arrived at 1:57 p.m.) brought a storm that forced school closures stretching from the Fredericton area to Miramichi, Bathurst and Campbellton areas.
Environment Canada issued weather alerts affecting counties to the north and west of Highways 8, 3, and 4 — essentially a diagonal line across the province from the Miramichi area to the McAdam area.
All schools in Anglophone West school district were closed. In Anglophone North school district, schools in Miramichi, Bathurst, Campbellton and Dalhousie closed.
In Francophone South school district, schools were closed in Fredericton, Oromocto, Miramichi, Baie-Ste-Anne and Rogersville. Francophone Northeast district also closed its schools.