— Peter Dooley (left) and Tim Noel are next-door neighbours on Pike’s Lane in Carbonear. Dooley has lived on the corner of Pike’s Lane and Crossroads for 44 years, and said he has tried to help the neighbours clear their driveways for most of them. Noel has only lived there a few years, but he also helps out the neighbours when he can. Dooley and Noel were just two of the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region residents who were dealing with the first snow storm of the season.
Residents in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region were given a stark reminder that winter is here on Dec. 15. The region was blasted with the first real storm of the season, receiving between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow. It was a far cry from the 30 cm forcast by weather agencies, but it was still enough to cause havoc. This meant residents were faced with the task of shovelling, or snowblowing, their way out of their driveways. As the snow turned to rain, things got complicated for those who chose to wait till morning to start shovelling. The wet snow made it harder to move. It was not just this portion of Avalon pennisula affected by the storm. In St. John’s, flights were cancelled, while ferry crossing were delayed in Port aux Basques. Compass staff were out the morning after and captured these images.
Neighbours on Fraizes Avenue in Carbonear are close, and not just in proximity. Glen Murray (right) and Clayton Tuttle have plowed and shoveled driveways of neighbours up and down the street, giving them a helping hand. This is not the first time these two men have teamed up. In the summer, they also help mow other people’s lawns.
Boyd Badcock (foreground) and Charlie Granter, both of Bay Roberts, share shovelling duties the morning after the town was hit with a blast of winter on Dec. 15.
Tommy Dawson shovels a large piece of snow on Dec. 16.
Jeff Winsor finishes up his morning snow clearing effort with one last blow of his snow thrower in Bay Roberts.
Ken Tucker, who lives on Crowdy Street in Carbonear, has dug himself out of the same driveway after snowstorms since 1990. Unlike some households who use snowblowers and plows, Tucker uses a shovel.