By Brett Poirier
Jan. 28, 2014
Thomas Belliveau finds it challenging to balance his normal life in the middle of a blizzard.
The transitions student at Holland College has been living on P.E.I. for about five months after moving from Halifax, he finds this winter particularly harsh.
“I had to walk around for a few minutes to find enough shelter to light up my cigarette,” he said. “It’s been a bad winter and it makes getting to class almost impossible some days.”
He’s not alone.
A snowstorm rocked Prince Edward Island on Jan. 22 and people across the Island found themselves digging out, again.
About a month into the winter season and Islander have already been hit with half a dozen substantial snowfalls.
A blizzard warning was announced for the morning of Jan. 21.
The storm hit the capital city hard, dumping 37cm of snow within an 18-hour period.
Charlottetown Public Works had cleanup crews on the road early.
“We pulled our plows off the roads for a few hours on Jan. 22, but ever since we’ve been going steady,” said Johnson, manager of Public Works.
Crews began the process of hauling snow out of the city on Jan. 24.
“We had trucks on the road overnight to clear away what they could,
Public Works planned to have the snow moved by Jan. 29.
“When we get 20cm of snow it takes three to four days, but there’s more than usual and we’ll need extra time.”
The western side of the Island wasn’t hit as hard by the snowfall. Only 12cm was reported in Summerside.
Natalie Simmons, a Summerside resident who travelled to Charlottetown on Jan. 23, said she noticed a significant difference in snowfall amounts.
“The further I drove. The more snow I saw. Charlottetown was crowded downtown but I saw a lot of plows on the road.”
Islanders were bracing for another week of winter weather that was expected to see winds between 30-40km/h for as many as six days.