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City of Moncton cautions residents about snow safety

February 15, 2017

MONCTON – The City of Moncton reminds residents that certain precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of citizens, particularly children, in the aftermath of winter storms. 

Snow tunnels
It is dangerous to dig tunnels or build snow forts close to the roads and sidewalks, and the City requests residents’ cooperation in not allowing their children to play in these areas. Snow clearing operators take every precaution necessary to assure citizens’ safety but when children are in a tunnel, it is difficult, and often, impossible, to see them.

Digging tunnels should also be avoided for the snow piles in the centre of a court, and in the snow banks between a sidewalk and a street. As snow clearing work continues, the street or sidewalk plows can cause the tunnels to collapse, and this machinery can cause serious injury or death if they encounter anyone inside a tunnel or snow fort.

Snow removal
By-law T-410, article 2(a), stipulates that snow cannot be pushed into streets, including sidewalks, when clearing driveways. This constitutes an infraction, for which a fine could be issued, as well as causes unnecessary delays in snow clearing operations. To report a potential problem, citizens can contact the By-law Enforcement department via email (info.enforcement@moncton.ca), or by phone at 389-5928.

The City would like to once again thank its citizens for their understanding and continued support in making our streets safer through the winter season.

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Media Contact:

Isabelle LeBlanc, Director
Communications, City of Moncton
506-853-3592 / isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca