With an expected spring melt just days away, property owners in Regina are anxious to move snow away from building foundations.
The most recent snowfall led climate specialists to note Regina had reached a new record for snow — with some 196 centimetres falling since the beginning of winter.
Combine that with snow blowing in and little melting during the winter, and many people are worried.
"They're pretty scared this year about flooding," Evan Boychuk, a bobcat operator, told CBC News Tuesday. "[We're] doing all we can to get all the snow away."
Homeowner Rick Healey said he moved as much snow as he could to his yard, and called a bobcat operator in to take it away.
"Get it away from the house so we don't have flooding," Healey said. "It looks like it's going to warm up real quick."
Healey estimated three truckloads of snow will be carted away. The whole job will cost around $300.
Landscaper Paul McGillivray says he has been run off his feet trying to keep up with snow removal jobs this winter.
"Crazy. Just overwhelming," he said. "We haven't had a day off, I think, all winter."
McGillivray noted some homeowners pushed snow off their roofs, which only added to the snow removal chore.
People who have been out with shovels, building small mountains of snow by hand, say they have had enough.
"I'm tired. I hate it," Sheryl James said.
Snow dump fees coming in Saskatoon
Meanwhile, in Saskatoon, officials are preparing to collect fees from users of the city snow dumps.
Currently, Saskatoon's snow storage sites are offered free of charge.
Officials say they spend about $500,000 per year to keep the sites open.
The new fees will affect snow removal contractors as well as people who hire the contractors, as it was expected dumping fees would be passed along to consumers.
Public consultations are planned, to determine the best method for charging fees.