City of Montreal says it's all hands on deck to deal with pending snowstorm

The city of Montreal says it's all hands on deck to deal with the snow storm expected to arrive tonight into tomorrow.

Jean-François Parenteau, excecutive committee member responsible for snow removal, said since the forecast is calling for rapid accumulation of snow, expect some snowy areas even after crews pass through.

Parenteau said he expects all blue collar workers to be on snow clearing duty tomorrow even though some didn't show up during the last storm because schools and daycares were closed for the snow day and workers had to stay home with their children.

Parenteau said he doesn't believe the ice will slow down snow operations, adding that they will get back to spreading more abrasives and de-icing once they deal with this latest storm.

The official opposition Ensemble Montreal said the thick ice leftover from previous snowfalls and freezing rain-thawing episodes will complicate things.

"It's a problem because obviously we're going to add 30 or 40 more cm, it'll compact it even more," said leader Lionel Perez.

Perez said the city is making itself vulnerable to lawsuits from contractors with broken equipment.

.@lionelperez leader of @EnsembleMtl says more snow on top of thick ice will mean more compacted snow and ice that’s harder to remove. Says city is making itself vulnerable to lawsuits from contractors with broken equipment. #CJAD800 #polmtl pic.twitter.com/0YmlqDHsc3

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 12, 2019

Parenteau said he hadn't heard about such problems but admitted that machinery may be impacted by the ice and they do have backups.

Parenteau said once they push the snow aside, they expect to cart it away starting Thursday.
 

.@JFParenteau, executive committee member responsible for snow removal, says they’ll be clearing roads and sidewalks tomorrow but since the snow may fall at a rapid rate, you may encounter snowy areas even though crews have passed through already. #CJAD800 #polmtl pic.twitter.com/6TNE6JKubT

— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) February 12, 2019