Cranbrook RCMP issue travel advisory

Snow storm hammers Cranbrook area again, city and road crews under the gun

  • Feb. 9, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The East Kootenay continues to get blasted by snow, and Cranbrook RCMP are urging the public to stay home and stay off the roads for their own safety and allow the road crews to continue clearing the roads and emergency services such as Police, Fire and Ambulance to get where they need to go in a timely fashion.

A press release from the City says every effort is being taken to ensure that drivers are able to move around Cranbrook. ‘But is it important that drivers slow down, share the roadways and be extremely aware of pedestrians especially at intersections with large windrows.”

On Thursday, Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for a good portion of the East Kootenay including Cranbrook with another 10 to 20 cm of snow possible by Friday morning.

“Meantime, with the new blast of snow we are getting today [Thursiday], the City of Cranbrook advises all residents to move all vehicles off the street as soon as possible,” a press release from the City of Cranbrook stated.

“Snow removal crews are fighting a losing battle and as a result are gearing up with a number of additional large graders and other contracted staff and equipment to begin work on the main arterials in the City. Roads are already very narrow and serious damage to vehicles is likely when plows are dealing with this much snow.”

Residents can also expect many sidewalks in town will end up plugged with snow as a result of the current plowing operations.

“The City, like everyone in Cranbrook, is simply out of places to put all the snow. It is very likely driveways will also see a significant amount of snow due to the plowing. Crews will be doing their best to clear out driveways as soon as possible, however if you are able to clear your driveway on your own it would be appreciated.”

BC Transit service continues to operate with some minor delays. The public is encouraged to leave their vehicles at home and use transit if they need to get around the City today.

Garbage collection was happening Thursday, however some residences were not able to be reached by the collection trucks.

“Those who have been missed, your garbage will be collected as usual during your regular collection day next week. “