Val­ley chil­dren need to be wary of play­ing in snow­banks

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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.”

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This Wind­sor child was hap­pily play­ing on top of a snow­bank one re­cent snow day.

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