Snow clearing timelines altered as Hamilton declares ‘significant weather event’


Published January 17, 2022 at 5:00 pm

The City of Hamilton declared a "significant weather event" after a big snowfall.

The City of Hamilton declared a “significant weather event,” effective at 4 p.m. Monday (Jan. 17).

The declaration suspends the standard timelines required for municipalities to meet their winter maintenance objectives. This means snow removal will take longer than usual.

“All roadways and city-maintained sidewalks are deemed in a state of repair with respect to snow accumulation and ice conditions,” said the City in an official statement. “While City road crews are prepared to respond to the ongoing weather event, the City expects that target completion times for snow removal will span beyond its typical target completion time due to the significant storm this morning. ”

Hamilton was hit with about 15 centimetres of snow and visibility was nearly zero Monday morning.

The city’s by-law requires property owners to clear snow and ice within 24 hours after the end of a snow event from the sidewalks adjacent to their property as well as roofs that overhang the sidewalk. However, that timeline has been extended to after the significant weather event has been declared over.

“Due to the large volume of snow, lot clearing will be delayed and the process will continue over the next 24-48 hours,” according to the City. “Please note, parked vehicles may be temporarily blocked in while crews work through current conditions.”

Residents can track the city’s snowplows online.

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