Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Cities in eastern Ontario continue to dig their way after Monday’s winter storm.

In places like Kingston, so much snow meant that the neighbors gave each other a helping hand to get the job done.

When Ron Jacus woke up Tuesday morning, he found a prayer, written by a neighbor.

“I saw my buddy write a sign to me that said ‘blow this away,'” he laughed.

With snow up to his knees in the neighbor’s driveway, Jacus stepped in to help after the town was hit by 42cm of snow on Monday.

“I heard them out here last night around midnight doing it,” he said. “And I know he has a snow thrower, but it was stuck in the backyard so he could not get to it.”

Jacus says it’s been a long time since he’s seen so much snow at once in Kingston.

“They work and they got a little one there,” he says. “I just figured I would help them, just do it kindly because he’s my friend.”

With more snow on the way Tuesday night, the city warns that it may take a few days before everything is cleared away completely.

It got some like Brian Rogers to pull the strings in their snow thrower, clearing sidewalks and snow around the mailboxes away so others could easily get around.

“It’s the neighbor thing,” Rogers said. “We all live in Canada, do not we?”

Regions across eastern Ontario were hit by heavy snowfall, and Environment Canada said areas like Brockville also got 40 centimeters, while Pembroke got 25 centimeters. Ottawa saw almost 48 cm.


Some municipalities also ask residents to help clear snow from around fire hydrants if there is one nearby.

“With the snowfall we have recently provided, many of the fire hydrants in our city have been covered,” said Brockville’s Deputy Fire Chief Chris Paul. “We have our city staff and public workers working hard to remove the snow from the sidewalks and roads, but if we can lend a helping hand, get out there and help clear a three-foot aisle three-foot space around your fire hydrant. “To help, because every second helps. If the fire department shows up and our fire hydrant is covered, we have to dig it out first.”

Paul adds that most fire hydrants have marker flags attached to them to make them visible in high snow banks.

Brockville snow fire hydrant


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