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Ottawa road crews scraping ice, clearing snow banks ahead of storm

The City of Ottawa is asking residents not to park on the street if it can be helped.
Snow Plow
A city snowplow clears a Thunder Bay street on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Leith Dunick,

It's all hands on deck for the next two days, as City of Ottawa road crews work to prepare the streets for a massive amount of snow, and then, of course, to clear that new snow.

"We're currently still doing some snow removal," said Manager of Roads Services Luc Gagne Monday afternoon. "We're currently scraping residential streets, ice on residential streets -- we'll continue that [Monday night, into Tuesday]."

The Ottawa region is expecting up to 40 cm of snow, starting Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m., and ending Wednesday afternoon. Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning.

"We took some salt and sand deliveries over the weekend to make sure we were prepared for [Monday]," said Gagne. "We've engaged all of our contractors to make sure they're all up and their machines are all up to snuff and working."

The Manager of Roads Services added that it might be best if residents can plan ahead and work from home, if possible, on Wednesday.

"The less vehicles on the road, the quicker we can actually get through and do some maintenance on the road," he explained. "It's going to be a difficult day, but we're up to the challenge."

The City of Ottawa has not issued a parking ban as of Monday afternoon.


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