Frozen pipes, snow clearing leave Winnipeg with $22M deficit
Snow clearing and frozen pipes are two of the biggest culprits behind a $22-million deficit in the City of Winnipeg's budget.
The finance committee of city hall will hear the bad news this morning.
The snow clearing budget plowed through nearly $30 million more than expected last winter. The city also spent almost $4 million fixing frozen pipes and asking residents to run their water continuously to keep the taps from freezing.
There were 2,500 frozen pipe service calls this past winter. The normal number is about 100.
The city used 32 kilometres of hose pipe to provide temporary water service to residents whose pipes were frozen.
City staff has managed to erase some of the red ink and expect the deficit will come down over the next few months.
The last resort would see the city dip into reserves to bring the budget back in line before year-end.