Corner Brook lends staff, vehicles to snowclearing efforts

No snow in the forecast for Corner Brook is good news for drivers on Newfoundland's snow-blocked southwest coast.
Heavy drifting on Route 470, between Port aux Basques and Isles aux Morts, has been making travel difficult. (Courtesy of Tyler LeFrense)

No snow in the forecast for Corner Brook is good news for drivers on Newfoundland's snow-blocked southwest coast.

The city is lending some of its snow clearing equipment and staff to help remove massive snow drifts on the highway between Cape Ray and Port aux Basques.

Drifts are reportedly as high as 12 feet in some spots.

Corner Brook Mayor Charles Pender said the city is sending two loaders with snowblowers attached.

"When we need the [transportation department] to assist us with something, they are always there," said Pender.

"We look at this as a main link to the mainland, getting through the Trans-Canada down to Marine Atlantic and so on, so it affects not just the people in that area but all the west coast and anybody travelling through here."

Pender said the request for help was met with enthusiasm.

"We were more than happy to help out, and I gotta say, our crews were gung-ho to get on it," said Pender.

Corner Brook city staff will help clear snow for the next three days.