Newfoundland residents have been blanketed with snow for nearly a month, and with a state of emergency extended through Saturday morning, it’s not over yet.
“We don’t feel that the streets are at the safety level that we need to be in order to take off the state of emergency right now,” St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said.
It started to snow in St. John’s — the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada — on Christmas Eve, and it hasn’t stopped since, Deputy City Manager of Public Works Lynnann Winsor said. The constant pile up has made clearing the snow a challenge.
The last state of emergency was 35 years ago, Breen said, adding that he intended to modernize the plan given how the city and its commercial operations have since changed.
“This is very challenging for businesses, this is very challenging for people working,” the mayor said.
Restrictions on travel and businesses opening have been relaxed for some despite the extension.
Medical, health, and dental practitioners, as well as veterinarians will be allowed to open as of 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, Breen said. Those who live in St. Johns but work in other municipalities are now allowed to travel to work.
The mayor urged people to be careful of the heavy equipment moving around on the roads and to keep children especially safe.
The state of emergency follows last week’s record-breaking weather for the region. St. John’s International Airport recorded 76.2 cm (30 inches) of snow Friday, according to Environment Canada, breaking the previous daily snowfall record set on April 5, 1999, of 68.4 cm (26.93 inches).Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett Photographs are Courtesy: APFollow us on Twitter @HighlightHwd or @LightfootinHwd