Denis Coderre orders snow clearing review after ice storm

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says the city's comptroller will look at each borough to see how they cleared the snow and ice after the storm in early January.

Mayor Denis Coderre says he doesn't want to blame anyone but 'someone didn't do their job'

Residents complained city sidewalks and streets were still slippery days after the ice storm earlier this month. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says he wants the full picture of how snow removal operations went last week.

Earlier this month, the was hit with snow and ice rain, followed by plunging temperatures that turned streets and sidewalks into sheets of ice.

Coderre said the city's comptroller will look at each borough to see how they cleared the snow and ice after the storm. 

The city received more than 3,000 complaints to its 311 information line during and after the storm, mainly about slippery sidewalks.

Between Jan. 5 and Jan. 9, the Sud-Ouest, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce boroughs received the most complaints, records show. 

The Sud-Ouest got the most calls from residents, with a total of 243 during the five-day period. 

Coderre said he wants to see why Montrealers are dissatisfied and what can be done to help. 

He said he doesn't want to blame anyone, but added, "someone didn't do their job."

The results of the audit will be made public next Wednesday.


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