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The Fixer: Snow clearing complaints pile up after the big storm

Toronto News

The cleanup of the biggest storm in five years has a lot of people fuming about a wall of snow left in their driveways by city plows.

We were snowed under by complaints about the big dig the city undertook after Friday’s storm, which dumped 30 centimetres, or 12 inches, on the GTA.

When the first priority is to clear the main roads, it can take a couple of days for plows to get to small residential streets.

But when they do, it’s infuriating to people who’ve shoveled their driveway, or paid someone to do it, to have their hard work buried in a few seconds by a plow that filled in the end of it with hard-packed snow.

Malcolm Singh, a senior who lives on Lorna Rae Blvd. and pays for snow clearing that he can’t do it himself, said a city plow “built a snow mountain in front of our driveway, which was already cleaned.

“We are totally boxed in. The snow plow operator is doing a lousy job.”

A reader on O’Connor Dr. said he is “totally disappointed with snow plows continually piling up snow on peoples’ driveways. Many residents on this street are seniors and cannot lift the heavy snow themselves.”

Bill Frodsham said his driveway, on West Deane Park Dr., was also filled in. “We are seniors and even if we could clear our driveway, which we can’t at our age, there is no way we could tackle these huge ice/snow berms.

“The city plows our sidewalk, for which we are grateful. Why can’t the sidewalk plow or street plow clear the berms which they caused in the first place?”

STATUS: The city’s windrow policy says the ends of driveways will be cleared in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough, usually within 18 hours of the end of a storm, and a couple of hours after the street was plowed. Only windrows of 25 centimetres or more will be removed. Windrow clearing in the Toronto-East York district is limited, due to lack of storage space for snow and parking issues, and is generally bounded Eglinton Ave. W., Avenue Rd., St. Clair Ave. W. and Bathurst St. To report a windrow in need of clearing, call 311 or report it online at http://www.toronto.ca/311/ .

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