An­gry shov­eller chases snow­plow af­ter cleared drive­way filled back in

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FRED­ER­IC­TON — They’re call­ing it a case of shovel rage.

City of­fi­cials say a Fred­er­ic­ton home­owner frus­trated when a plow operator dumped a load of snow at the end of his drive­way chased the loader up his sub­ur­ban street, swing­ing his shovel. Mike Walker, man­ager of road­way op­er­a­tions for Fred­er­ic­ton, told a city com­mit­tee yes­ter­day about the Feb. 13 in­ci­dent. He says the home­owner was shov­el­ling his drive­way dur­ing a bliz­zard that dumped as much as 80 cen­time­tres on the city. Walker says he un­der­stands the man’s frus­tra­tion, but while res­i­dents of­ten make com­plaints he has never seen any­one chase af­ter a plow be­fore.

The plow operator told the man he was just do­ing his job, and moved on.

Walker says Fred­er­ic­ton’s $2.3 mil­lion snow-clear­ing bud­get doesn’t al­low for a level of ser­vice that would clear windrows from drive­ways af­ter plows pass.

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