Montreal de-icing ongoing as frigid cold complicates effort

The city is asking citizens to tell them about icy sidewalks by calling 311 or using the Montréal - Resident Services mobile app where you can send photos of problem areas to the city.

Residents can use city's mobile app to flag slippery spots

West Islander Caroline Bourassa worries her mother will probably be stuck indoors for a few days since her home is surrounded by ice. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

Montreal is slipping and sliding into 2019 as the city works to deal with the rain and snow that fell on New Years Eve. 

The job was made more difficult for crews with temperatures below –10 C for most of the morning on Wednesday, said city spokesperson Philippe Sabourin.

"So even if everything was already salted we need to go back again and again and with our crews," said Sabourin.

While all sidewalks in the Ville-Marie borough have been salted, the city is doing a second pass on Wednesday. It is also putting down rocks to add traction for pedestrians and vehicles.

The city is asking citizens to tell them about icy sidewalks by calling 311 or using the Montréal - Resident Services mobile app to send photos of problem areas.

The city's main concern is keeping ares near hospitals, Metro entrances and bus stops clear of ice. With those spots managed, Sabourin said the city is now focusing on de-icing residential sidewalks and roads.

Treading lightly

In the Montreal suburb of Kirkland, Caroline Bourassa said her mother is stuck in the house because of the ice.

"The street's pretty bad, so I don't know. I think she'll wait a few days to go out," Bourassa said.

The city of Kirkland said its making sure salt and sand are spread on the roads. 

But the ice is still proving dangerous. 

Some people weren't letting the weather get them down and are were even spotted jogging.

"On my street it's like a skating rink," said jogger Angelo Colicchio.

 "I would be better off putting on my skates than my running shoes."

With files from Sarah Leavitt


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