Valley children need to be wary of playing in snowbanks
With another winter storm on the horizon, snowplow operators like Trent Hancock want people, children, especially, to be wary.
During some recent snow clearing, Hancock noticed a child and a tunnel in a snowbank on one Wolfville residential street.
“It was on the other side of the road, facing me. I was on the loader and the plow operator would never even see it,” he said.
According to Hancock, who is the lead hand for the town’s public works department, the operator was just about to “push the snow back one more time.”
Understanding that he had an obligation to protect, Hancock returned and spoke to the parent at the home.
“They were really good about it. The parent took the kids in,” he said.
A father himself, Hancock understands that extra high piles of snow at the end of roads or in cul-de-sacs make for attractive tunnelling, but the prospect of a plow hitting a child “would be a horrific thing.”
He says plow operators can’t always see over the snowbanks and at least once a year he’s been aware of kids taking chances.
“It can happen so quick,” he says. “I remember being shaken up a few years ago.”
Two years ago, when the town got 400 centimetres of snow, Hancock remembers extensive tunnelling near Railtown.
“It’s so much fun,” he said, “but when it’s at the edge of the road, it’s just terrifying.”
This Windsor child was happily playing on top of a snowbank one recent snow day.