NEWS RELEASE · 6th February 2015
District of Kitimat
District of Kitimat officials are asking the public for continued patience as snow clearing crews do their best to keep main arterial roadways open.
"Our employees have been working around the clock to get streets cleared but the extremely heavy snowfall, combined with power outages, has made these efforts challenging," said Mayor Phil Germuth. "Numerous abandoned vehicles are also creating difficulties."
We appreciate the publicís assistance by adhering to the following:
- Please stay home, as white out conditions are making it dangerous to walk around
- Donít drive unless absolutely necessary, as stuck vehicles will hinder snow clearing
- If driving, use extreme caution as visibility is limited
- If you must drive, a 4x4 with adequate clearance is strongly recommended
- Conserve water as sporadic power outages have impacted our pumping system
- Do NOT place snow from your property onto roadways
- Do NOT park vehicles on any roads at any time during snow clearing operations
- Stay well away from the road when plows and snow blowers are out. Propelled ice and snow debris can be extremely dangerous. Parents should be extra vigilant in ensuring children donít put themselves in harmís way.
- Be careful near downed power lines as they may still be live
Please be advised major roadways are the priority for our crews in order maintain our ability to provide emergency services. This means there will be delayed snow clearing for side streets in residential areas until conditions improve.
"I'd like to emphasize to the people of Kitimat we are doing everything we can in this difficult time to ensure the public remains safe," added Mayor Germuth.
The weather forecast indicates snowfall will ease off heading into the overnight hours.