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Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Neighbours dig in to help out after huge snowfall



Tuesday's massive snowstorm brought with it some kind deeds by neighbours.

In Niagara on the Green, Lynn Ibrahim, who recently moved into the neighbourhood, said she was delighted to look out the window and find a neighbour had already cleared her driveway.

She said when she woke up and saw the snow, she decided she would be working from home, but shortly afterward noticed the driveway was clear.

"I came to the door in my nightie, and sure and behold some fantastic wonderful person has cleared my driveway. I am so grateful, a million thanks for so much thoughtfulness," she said.

The story was the same all over town, as neighbours pitched in to help out one another.

Nick McClure and Kate Lamotte, who live above shops on Queen Street, were shovelling out their cars with their neighbours.

McClure confessed he had just joined the shovelling party.

"I've been out here for 40 minutes — if that — I always try to like, you know, I join the tail end of things. I'm getting a little older," he joked.

The town's environmental supervisor Brett Ruck was also out with operations manager Sheldon Randall. The two were checking the roads to make sure they'd all been cleared.

Ruck said it was a "very early morning" for town staff.

"It generally takes us about nine hours to do a full event, like a big event, and sometimes a little bit longer," he said.

Staff came in at 9 p.m. Monday and worked until around 1 a.m., and another shift started at 4 a.m., he said.

By 11 a.m., he said a good portion of the town had been done, though it would take most of the day to complete the job.

Sidewalk ploughs went out early in the morning as well, he said.

A lot of people were parked and stuck on the streets, he said.

Randall said if any were missed, a friendly call or reminder is a good idea.

"We always appreciate it if we miss something, especially on sidewalks, a friendly reminder, a call in to the town is always welcome," he said.

"Especially when we get new operators, they don't know where all the sidewalks are. They have maps and that, but they're hard to see and sometimes we miss them."

He said it's important for residents to be patient after a major snowfall and if "they don't need to be on the road, stay home."