In a municipality where criticizing snow removal has become an art for some, praise – a lot of it – was heaped out on social media Sunday for the work being done by snow clearing operators from this weekend’s storm.
When Metro Halifax asked specifically – How would you grade the Halifax Regional Municipality for the snow clearing job they’re doing with this weekend’s storm – many people had good things to say.
Here is a sampling of the responses we received.
Sara-Jane Mansfield: There on it this winter, there doing awesome!! They go down my street every 45 minutes or so!!
Heather Avery: Our plow driver is amazing! The driver went out of his/her way to make sure we were not blocked in. We are very appreciative of the work they did here in Fall River.
Jennifer Lynn Doyle: I know that we got a lot of snow but they are doing an awful job. A lot of the side streets haven’t even been touched, and the sidewalks are always slippery and snow covered leaving pedestrians no other choice but to walk on the road (which is obviously dangerous).
Patricia Andrews: Uncharacteristically better than the norm. Inconsistency is still typical in the metropolitan area however.
Mike Mercer: Very good this go round. Had no problem getting to & from work yesterday. My street is not high on the priority list. I was impressed!
@Shoe_Mom I would give them A+. They’ve been working through the day and night to keep the roads cleared. Great job!
@HfaxCrowe B+ had to get from Cole Harbour to Clayton Park both Sat and Sun AM for work and was able to get the both days! #greatjob
@jmmelanson I live downtown as well and have lived in other cities. This is by far the worst snow removal I’ve experienced
@marisa3886 #HRM did an amazing job at keeping the roads plowed this weekend.I was able to get back and forth to work all weekend!Goodjob!
@DaveBoyce So impressed!! Usually our street isn’t plowed for days…it was done twice yesterday! See how it’s done, Peter Kelly!
Councillors admits positive plow talk ‘a little unusual.’
Coun. Tim Outhit said on Sunday his residents were “quite happy” with how the municipality handled this weekend’s storm.
“You tend to hear bad news more than good news,” Outhit said. “This is a little unusual.”
“I’d say probably 80 to 90 per cent of the calls and a few emails and tweets have been saying the city’s done a good job.”
Outhit said the public support is likely due to the fact everyone knew the storm was coming and was prepared, the municipality included.
The fact that the storm didn’t hit during rush hour traffic probably helped people stay calm as well, he added.
“And snow is often easier to deal with than freezing rain and black ice,” Outhit said.
The councillor said he received about a dozen calls, and 20 to 30 emails regarding snow removal this weekend.
He said 50 people also liked his Facebook status about remembering plow drivers and the work they do at all hours.
“Let’s thank them and let’s be safe,” Outhit said. “And that’s exactly what people have done.” – Metro Halifax