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Battling ice in the Maritimes


Shelley Steeves, reporter
February 27, 2012 — Although snow has been lacking across parts of the Maritimes this winter, crews say ice continues to cover many surfaces.


Using salt to battle the ice
Using salt to battle the ice

Stephen Parker has spent plenty of time in his loader hauling white stuff this winter, but it hasn't been snow.

"We've had a lot less snow removal than last year. Probably half as much as we did last winter," says Parker.

The Maritimes have seen a return of winter-like weather over the last couple of weeks, but prior to that, it really hasn't been much of a winter at all. 

What has happened this year however, is a huge fluctuation in temperatures. It could be -25 degrees one day and plus 6 the next. That means snow clearers have had to use a lot of salt this year.

"There's been a lot more ice this year compared to other years. It's hard to get rid of all the ice," explains Parker.

As a result, Parker has spent more time hauling road salt than anything else. The same goes for the city of Moncton as well.

"I am expecting that it will be about 10% more than normal," says Parker.

Machinery has been running non stop trying to manage an array of flash freezes this winter.

"You got to get out there as quick as you can so you can get out there in a timely manner and get the salt down to get the street in a safe condition for the public," adds Parker.

Active weather is moving into the Maritimes so Parker is getting loaded up and ready for a battle with the ice and snow.

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