'Where do you put the snow?': 4th storm in 9 days sees trouble pile up
Moncton has been dealing with clearing almost 1 metre of snow from streets, sidewalks since Feb. 8
With parts of New Brunswick dealing with their fourth significant winter storm in nine days on Thursday, some municipalities are grappling with where to put all that snow.
In Moncton on Thursday, 28 centimetres of snow had fallen by 4 p.m. with snow expected to continue into the evening.
That's on top of 35 centimetres the city received in the blizzard that blanketed the southern half of the province on Monday, 19 centimetres on Feb. 9, and 14 centimetres on Feb. 8.
"The challenge we face right now is storage — where do you put the snow," said Don Morehouse, the city's director of public works.
"The streets are getting narrower. Sidewalks, we still have to open them up. There's a lot of sidewalks that aren't open."
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Following Monday's blizzard, Moncton put more than 1,000 truckloads of snow into the "snow dump" it built a few years ago.
Morehouse said it will take time to widen Moncton's streets and clear sidewalks.
"It's going to go on over the weekend and then for the next couple weeks," he said.
"There's a lot of snow to move. There's a lot of areas that have to be widened and once again people are going to have to be patient and recognize that there is a lot of work ahead of us right now."
Saint John battered
Saint John also struggled with Thursday's additional snowfall on top of the earlier storms.
Some streets in the city's uptown became clogged with snow and stuck vehicles.
Along with the snow, high winds were creating low visibility that had police advising motorists to stay off the roads during the first half of the day.
The Fredericton area, which was hardest hit in Monday's blizzard with about 65 centimetres of snow, had received 17 centimetres by 4 p.m.
All the snow in Fredericton has created a run on snowblower shear pins, snow scoops and roof rakes at hardware stores.
"There was a big rush on those yesterday and they were gone," said Brian Thomas of Home Hardware.
With files from Kate Letterick, Catherine Harrop, Matt Bingley