Snowdrifts and drifting challenging snow clearing crews

Eric McCarthy
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SUMMERSIDE -- Residents on some secondary roads in Prince County might have to wait until tonight before they see a snowplow push past their places.

Prince County dispatcher, Sean McNally said plows have been out on secondary roads in the county since around 1 p.m. but they are being greatly challenged by conditions. The snow might have stopped and the wind dropped off but, “They’re still finding it extremely difficult.” Not only are they encountering snowdrifts up to 10 feet high, but roads are filling back in behind the plows, he said.

“It’s taking a long time,” he said, adding, “not all roads are going to be open before tonight.”

“We’re still recommending people to stay off the roads,” he said, pointing out seeing a plow go by is no guarantee the road will stay open.

McNally acknowledged the office is handling lots of calls from residents wanting their roads open, but he insists they are doing the best they can with the conditions.

“We’re not accomplishing anything,” admitted highways superintendent Mike Berrigan, commenting on roads filling back in behind the equipment.

Besides dealing with huge snow drifts, Berrigan said some plows have been diverted from their routes to assist Maritime Electric crews respond to power outages and emergency crews reach people in need.

Organizations: Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Prince

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  • jack doherty
    March 27, 2014 - 15:29

    This is the ususal. Rte 10 in Borden not plowed as of 1630 on Thursday . Afew farmers have punched a hole so people can get out. Zero relief from Gov plows. Reminds me of our everyday commute to Capital City ...if only I can survive till Crapeau I will survive. This as been going on for years. Feel like we are in an opposition riding.