Hants County residents digging out after second snow storm this week

Published on February 16, 2017

Lyla Frederick, 6, of Hantsport, shows off her strength as she helps her mom clear snow from the driveway Feb. 16.

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HANTS COUNTY, N.S. - As the province was blanketed by yet another snow storm Feb. 16, residents began the arduous task of finding some place to put all that white stuff.

The Town of Windsor's Department of Public Works has been working to clear the streets and, according to the town's website, upwards of 80 centimetres of snow has fallen since the initial Feb. 13 storm.

“Some streets are so narrow that the only way to clear from curb-to-curb is to load it up and haul it off as there isn’t any room left to push the snow,” a press release issued from the Town of Windsor reads.

Progress on snow removal is slowly but surely being made in both Windsor and West Hants.

Town of Windsor staff were hard at work trying to clear the snow from the roads and sidewalks Feb. 16. Pictured here is Ian Duey.

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Amelia Maynard was all smiles as she played in the snow and helped build a sizable fort in her Hants Border subdivision.
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According to Windsor, some of their equipment has broken down, including one of the sidewalk clearing machines.

The press release notes that the town has hired private haulers and additional heavy equipment as they try to clear the accumulated snow piles, particularly in the downtown core.

“We also recognize that town plows are pushing snow back onto private driveways. The plow operator’s job is to make sure the public right of way is clear and safe. They will do their best not to inconvenience home owners excessively and we ask for your cooperation under these exceptional circumstances,” the press release reads. “The town just doesn’t have the resources to clear driveway entrances after plowing the street. We need the help of private citizens to clear their own.”

Devon Lyons' Siberian husky Lue seemed more than happy to go out for a walk Feb. 16 as the winter storm began to clear up.

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Hants Border residents Amelia Maynard, and her mother, Alanna, were hard at work building a large snow fort Feb. 16.

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They're also asking residents to adopt a fire hydrant and help keep it clear as firefighters may need to access it in times of emergency.

While many people stayed indoors after the latest storm, some braved the elements, doing their part to help shovel or clear driveways and walkways. Others embraced the wintry weather and could be seen walking pets and playing in the snow.

Hants Border residents Amelia Maynard, and her mother, Alanna, show off their towering snow fort that featured a sun roof and tunnel entrance.

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This shovel proved to be the perfect size for six-year-old Lyla Frederick, of Hantsport.

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