City asks for patience in latest snowfall

City spokesperson says snow removal crews and contractors are out in full force to deal with latest snowfall.

  • Jan. 20, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Public Works snow removal crews and contractors are out in full force today around Cranbrook working to clear streets of winter’s latest blast.

“It takes time for plows and sanders to reach everyone, so we are asking you to please be patient and know we will get to your street as soon as we can,” says Chris Zettel, Corporate Communications Officer for the City of Cranbrook. “Our residents understand that we have a policy in place which dictates the priority that roads get cleared. Our crews do the very best they can to keep people moving.”

During and following major snowfalls, snow removal operation runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates with a small fleet of vehicles; four salt/sand trucks with belly plows, two graders and two loaders.

With this schedule and the equipment available, it is reasonable to expect most areas of the City to be cleared within 3 or 4 days of a snowfall, depending on the amount of snow and how fast it comes down.

Avoiding leaving your vehicle parked on the street during snowfalls wherever possible will also help make clearing the streets easier for City plows.

Residents are also asked to please avoid pushing or blowing snow from their sidewalks, driveways and any windrows back into the street, after the City plows have been by.

“Crews will be creating large windrows down the middle of the streets through the downtown core Wednesday night and will be using heavy machinery and trucks to haul that snow away before the end of the week,” Zettel adds.

For more information about how the City clears the streets and why decisions are made the way they are, priority route maps and more, please visit our website at, and click on ‘Snow Removal Information’ listed under City of Cranbrook Links on the homepage.