When I was on the campaign trail, I had three people who expressed the same concern. It was about being snowed in. Specifically, what happens here in the Crowsnest Pass, when we have a dump of snow and then the municipality gets out and clears/plows (oh really??) the streets.
Today, I experienced the issue first-hand.
After the last dump of snow, my daughter had finally shovelled our way out of our driveway. It is a large driveway and is long and hard to shovel. We finally had access to the street.
Unfortunately, it was very short lived.
I had gone out this afternoon to run a few errands. I backed easily out of my driveway and onto the road. A road, I have to say, that was pretty clear, after they had plowed it last week. I happily went on my way.
It was not until I returned home, that I saw the issue, that had been put forth to me during the election campaign.
While I was away, the municipality decided to plow my street again. I am still not quite sure why. It was fine the way it was. It was so nice of them, except for one small issue.
Anyway, what they accomplished by plowing again, was pushing all the snow from the end of the street, by the lane way where it was piled up, up the street and onto people's lawn and the sidewalks. This also included driveway's, including yes, mine!! My driveway was snowed in again, but ironically not from it snowing.
There was a packed two and a half foot high snowdrift, right in front of my driveway. There was no way I was getting back into the driveway anytime soon.
I was trapped in the street.
The only way in, was to re-shovel all that snow, back into piles on either side of my driveway.
This is not a small task. Especially for one person. One person who is not in the very best of health or physically fit either. It is a hard job. My daughter was not home yet and I was out-of-luck.
It was also later in the day, the sun was going down, the wind had picked up. At this point, I was mad and frustrated.
My thoughts immediately went to the three people who had complained of the very same thing to me, during the election. They said that every year they get plowed in, time after time, and are held hostage until some well meaning person can dig them out. Sometimes it can be days before this happens.
One of them is elderly, another is severely limited physically and the third has a bad back. So what happens when they need to leave? What happens when there is an emergency? Do they have to wait while someone digs a path to their house?
This is an issue that really needs to be addressed.
What happens to these people when they get plowed or snowed in??
Healthy young teens are not always readily available to do the work.
I was lucky today. My neighbour's teenage son and his friend were home. They shovelled me out for a price.
But what about those that are not so lucky? Who's helping them???
And just what is the policy about plowing snow in front of driveway's??
That's my rant today. I want some answers. If and when I find them, I will let you know.
In the meantime, if you know of a neighbour on your block (or anywhere for that matter), who is either elderly or infirm, do them a good deed and shovel them out. They will be very grateful. Be a secret helper and a good samaritan.
You will feel better for it, too.
What kind of shoveller are you??