Residents of Nanaimo and the surrounding area had to dig out driveways again this morning after more than 10 centimeters of snow blanketed the area.
“It’s been good. I wanted to get there before the rain, they say in a few days. It’s still nice and light so far,” said Andrew Hawkes, a Nanaimo resident.
However, this breath of cold air was not good for everyone. This Stewart Avenue apartment was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after a garden hose burst near the top of the three-story building, causing severe damage to three units.
“Nobody ever wants something like this to happen, but the cold brings all kinds of things,” said Joanne Backstrom, one of the building’s residents.
Events like this have resulted in a huge increase in the number of calls to plumbing companies across much of Vancouver Island.
“We received several calls for frozen pipes, blown water heaters, heaters and heat pumps that were not working. The frozen pipes were the most important thing, ”said Shawn Waters of City Wide Plumbing.
In Nanaimo, crews have been clearing snow and working tirelessly to keep the streets safe since Christmas Eve.
“We’ve had 24 hour crews to handle the event since then and we’ve seen something in the order of two feet. It’s an exceptional event, ”said David Thompson, Director of Roads and Traffic Services for Nanaimo.
Crews have cleared priority roads and are working on side streets, but the city says you’ll need proper winter tires.
For the second day in a row, Canada Post also failed to deliver mail to the Nanaimo, Ladysmith or Gabriola Island area and today the nondelivery included a wider area from Victoria to Powell River, Gulf Islands. and the Lower Mainland.
Letter Carriers Union Says Conditions Are Dangerous
“The streets are not cleaned. They find it hard to keep up. Any side street you go down is completely covered in slush. The sidewalks are horrible, so letter carriers should be walking on the roads where the cars pass, ”said Bob Freeman, president of Local 786 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The union is asking neighbors to clean community mailboxes and provide a safe route to her home for the resumption of letter and parcel delivery.