Valley hit with wintery blast
Drumheller, like most of Southern Alberta, was digging out Monday after winter storms tore through the area. Residents saw the snow start to fall over the weekend, however, Monday morning the valley was blanketed in a winter wonderland.
What were not wondrous were the roads. Golden Hills School Division saw a number of bus routes cancelled, including Drumheller Rural. Christ the Redeemer School Division saw most of the bus routes begin on time, but did experience some delays. Rural bus service was cancelled in Strathmore and Brooks.
Director of Infrastruc- ture Services for the Town of Drumheller Darryl Drohomerski reported that on Sunday crews were out sanding and by 6 a.m. Monday, plows were on the road.
“They are all out and working, I went by the shop this morning and there was not a piece of equipment in the building, “said Drohomerski.
He explains that the town has a specific protocol in the event of snowfall as to what roads are cleared.
“If people are curious or concerned, they can go to the town’s web site to look at the snow clearing map. We have a snow removal strategy with all of the streets identified with priority as to when they get done,” he said.
Despite best-laid plans, he said because of drifting a couple roads, including Riverside Drive, were cleared ahead of regular schedule.
‘” We do it as expediently as we possibly can, knowing there are some areas that have a bit more drifting than others,” he said.
Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles said with the weather there were a few incidents on the roads, however, it appears that drivers adapted to the weather.
“With this amount of snow, I think people are wise enough to slow down so that kind of mitigates a lot of calls,” he said. “We have had a few calls, fortunately, nothing too serious.”
In many cases, people are staying off the rods.
“With road conditions like this, the town and the highway workers want to get out there and plow the roads. They have a lot of pavement to clear, so it is going go take some time to clear, and the conditions are atrocious, so if you don’t need to travel, don’t, stay home, stay safe,” he said.
“If you are travelling, the biggest thing is to slow down and take your time to get where you want to go safely,” said Charles.
He also says it is important to be prepared for the conditions.
“It is always good to have some emergency equipment with you in your vehicle throughout the winter, some warm clothing, blankets, flash lights and things of that nature. Make sure you have a phone and charger so if you hit the ditch you and call a tow truck,” he said.
Like Alberta spring weather, forecasts show snow to end and a warming trend later this week.
Michael Thomas of Western Chev had his hands full Monday morning using his backpack blower to clear off inventory at the dealership after snow blanketed the valley, bringing with it treacherous road and freezing temperatures.