Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Snowblowers Sales Surge as Maritimers Dig Themselves out of Back-to-Back Storms

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Snowblowers Sales Surge as Maritimers Dig Themselves out of Back-to-Back Storms

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Maritimers dig themselves out of winter storms

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HALIFAX - Maritimers are struggling to dig themselves out of back-to-back snow dumps that have walloped the East Coast.

A major storm clobbered Atlantic Canada last week, burying vast swaths of the region in more than half a metre of snow by Monday. There was barely a reprieve before a second system went through the region.

While the worst of the blustery weather appears to have passed, residents and officials alike are still puzzling over how to get rid of the mountains of snow lining streets and roads in many communities.

"I dig and dig and dig, and somehow, there's more," said Gordon Gilbert of Sydney in Cape Breton. "I don't remember what my lawn ornaments look like."

Nova Scotia's online plow tracker showed more than 35 snow-clearing vehicles still working on the province's roads Sunday. In Halifax, cars sloshed through streets flanked by towering snowbanks as around 200 crew work "around-the-clock" to clear the suffocating snowfall, according to a city spokesperson.

Tiffany Chase said the city is using all available resources to deal with the storm's aftermath, but said it could be another week until all residential walkways are accessible.

Many sidewalks in the city have been clogged by a turf war between residents shoving snow off their driveways and snowblowers shaving snowbanks away from the roads, leaving a layer of sullied sleet for pedestrians to trudge through in between.

"Many of us know the feeling of despair when, after spending hours cleaning your driveway, it snows... again," Nova Scotia RCMP said in a statement. "Storms like the ones we are having this month make many of us wonder where we're going to put all of that snow."

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke made a plea to citizens to pile the snow in their own yards, reminding Nova Scotians to help their neighbours "survive this winter" and that the season will eventually end. …

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