Massive snowbanks trouble Thunder Bay shovellers

As snow piles up across Thunder Bay, people shovelling their driveways are running out of places to put it.
Derek Bousquet stands in front of a snowbank near his home on Luci Court on Thunder Bay's south side. Bousquet says he's seen worse winters growing up in Winnipeg, but "we have enough snow" for this year in Thunder Bay. (Adam Burns/CBC)

As snow piles up across Thunder Bay, people shovelling their driveways are running out of places to put it.

The city asks shovellers not to push snow into neighbours' driveways or onto the street, but those rules are getting harder to follow with each snowfall.

Derek Bousquet experiences this problem as he heaves a shovelful of snow onto an imposing pile in front of his home on Luci Court, on Thunder Bay's south side.

"I mean, that's as high as it pretty much can go, without putting it on the sidewalk,” he said, adding if his back lane had room he’d put the excess snow there.

Bousquet said he's upset with the way the city's been clearing streets.

"This stuff frustrates me ... when they plow and they leave it behind — especially [for] people with driveways and stuff."

'Trying to put it where we can'

John McKee says everyone in his neighbourhood is "just trying to put [the snow] where we can." (Adam Burns/CBC)

Bousquet isn't alone.

A few streets over, John McKee said everyone in the neighbourhood has the same problem.

"The plows, apartments, the Ridgeway Clinic, the neighbours — we're all just trying to put it where we can."

McKee and his neighbours will have to keep thinking of creative ways to stow the excess snow, particularly now that the city has reportedly finished with snowbank removal for the winter.

Thunder Bay roads division supervisor Brian Kral said, “Over the course of five weeks, [we did] what we could possibly get done in that time period, and that's what we tackled.

Brian Kral says the city's snow removal operation has wrapped up for the winter. (Supplied)

"At this point in time, I'm not aware of any plans to continue that operation."

Kral said the department only had “so much money in the budget” available for the task. That money has now been spent.

Thunder Bay residents will continue to wrestle with the extra snow this week. Environment Canada is forecasting a 10-centimetre snowfall overnight.


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