Second winter storm shuts down city

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE - The second major winter snow storm in less an a week created hazardous driving conditions throughout Prince County.

Last year in December eight centimetres of snow fell on P.E.I. This year it’s about 60.

“The road conditions are deplorable at best,” an East Prince RCMP spokesman said. “They are only getting worse.”

Motorists were having a difficult time negotiating the snow covered roads.

He said several vehicles went off the roadways during the storm.

There was one single vehicle accident at McMurdo Road in North Bedeque that resulted in no injuries.

“It was a vehicle that lost control on the road, went into the ditch and struck a telephone pole,” he said. “There were no injuries.”

The RCMP said road conditions were continually deteriorating with sunset and winds beginning to increase.

“The plows are still moving and more or less focused on the main roads,” he said.

Plowing runs in the City of Summerside started in the morning at 10:30 a.m. A second plowing took place at 4:30 p.m.

A third run will take place at 2:30 a.m.

The salt trucks were not out right earlier in the day because there was too much snow on the roads. Once the snowing stops we will begin clearing the sidewalks which will take 48 hours to complete.

Summerside Police Services is reminding the motoring public to remain off city streets today unless absolutely necessary.

Police Chief David Poirier said there have been reported cases of whiteout conditions in different areas of the city making driving conditions difficult and a public safety issue. Residents are being advised that they must keep their vehicles off city streets so municipal works crews can plow and remove the snow.

The public is also reminded of the following section of the city's Traffic & Parking Bylaw which states; “In order to facilitate snow removal from the streets of the city, during the period of November 1st to April 30th, no person shall park a motor vehicle on any streets within the city or on property owned by the city between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., except with the permission of the chief of police or his/her designate.”

All non-essential City of Summerside services closed at 1 p.m. but police Services and Fire Services both remained open and operational.

Several Maritime Bus routes were cancelled or delayed as a result of the storm.

mcarson@journalpioneer.com

 

Organizations: RCMP, Summerside Police Services, Fire Services

Geographic location: Summerside, McMurdo Road, North Bedeque

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