City crews are working ’round the clock, joined by private contractors, as Brandon continues to dig itself out from underneath Monday’s record-setting snowfall — sorry, “high snow-level event.”
While it was already beginning to melt under some Tuesday sun —and the forecast for above-zero temperatures this weekend sounds great — there’s too much snow to just let it sit around for a week.
So we salute the hard-working people who are dealing with the snow dump.
That includes all the ordinary shovel-wielding citizens who are patiently clearing their sidewalks and driveways one last time (fingers crossed!) before spring.
Among them are the hundreds of businesspeople who, by law, must clear the sidewalks in front of their premises by 10 a.m. the morning after a snowfall.
On a Tuesday stroll downtown, we were happy to note that just about everyone complied. The odd vacant building still had slush in front, and some people stopped a little short of where their neighbours started, but most sidewalks were cleared quickly and well.
Of course, the sidewalk stops at the street. And that’s where city plows have, in some places, kicked up large windrows. One intersection was reminiscent of the concrete barriers at famed anti-pedestrian corner Portage and Main in Winnipeg.
So if you’re currently kvetching about your driveway, think first of the one elderly lady with a walker we saw struggling to mount a miniature mountain range. Before we were able to hustle and give her a hand, she gave up and went around the long way.
Remember that image the next time you grab your snow shovel.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 6, 2013