St. Catharines Mayor pleads for ‘patience’ as plows continue to clear roads

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Published January 18, 2022 at 10:28 am

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St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik is asking that residents show some patience today (January 18) as snow plows – both the city’s and available contractors – continue to deal with the aftermath of Sunday night’s-Monday morning’s storm.

Standing on his own unplowed street, Sendzik send the Facebook message, “The word of the day ‘patience’ – and no, my street hasn’t been plowed yet for those who think the Mayor’s street is a priority.”

The city experienced more than an average month’s worth of snow on Monday – over 50 cm (20 inches).

“Thanks to the City of St. Catharines crews for their continued efforts to get our streets cleared after such a significant event – biggest snowfall in more than 25 years,” Sendzik said. “They’ve been hard at work since this started but the volume of snow has been a challenge.”

In the video below, Sendzik notes, “It’s going to take a long time to get this heavy snow out of here. We’ve got private contractors working. We’ve got our crews working overtime but I’m just going to ask our community to be a little bit more patient for our roads to be cleared.”

He also urged residents with snowblowers and youth enjoying a Snow Day today to help neighbours who may need it while the city continues to deal with the fallout from Monday’s storm.

Sendzik said he’s heard from some residents upset with the city’s response to the snowfall but added, “I’ve heard some incredible stories of neighbours coming together to support each other. Keep helping each other as we continue to dig out of this.”

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