Saskatoon city workers headed to Winnipeg to help with snowstorm cleanup
20 city employees will help clear downed trees and debris
Twenty Saskatoon city workers are on their way to Winnipeg to help with the cleanup from last week's snowstorm.
Workers from Saskatoon Light & Power and the parks division left for the Manitoba capital early Wednesday morning.
On the weekend Winnipeg EMO asked its counterparts in Saskatoon for assistance to clean up from the severe winter storm that pounded the province on Oct. 9.
On Sunday Winnipeg declared a state of emergency.
"When the call went out asking for anyone interested to go to Winnipeg, there were more volunteers than spots available," said city manager Jeff Jorgenson in a news release. "This speaks to the dedication of city workers willing to help our neighbours during a time of need."
It's estimated thousands of Winnipeg trees owned by the city were damaged in the storm.
Aside from the 20 workers, Saskatoon is also sending four aerial lift trucks with chippers, two ground trucks with chippers. a log truck and two half-ton trucks.
The Saskatoon employees are scheduled to spend the next five days helping clear downed trees, limbs and debris.
The City of Winnipeg is covering all of the costs.