Says city coping fairly well so far
St. John's mayor Dennis O'Keefe said all in all, the city seems to be coping pretty well with the current power and snow buildup situation, and if anybody wants a warm drink, a bite to eat, or just some company, they should come down to the warming centre at City Hall.
St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe.
"Just getting out of the house, getting out of your room, coming down to city hall where there's other people," O'Keefe said, "in addition to the heat, the coffee, the tea, there's company. And you know, that's what a lot of people are looking for as well."
O'Keefe said his big concern isn't the power right now; he's much more worried about the impending weather.
The forecast says that on Tuesday things will warm up and there could be a lot of rain.
"That's our big worry right now," O'Keefe.
The big concern is with all the stormwater catch basins covered in snow and ice, when the rain comes there will be nowhere for it to go.
O'Keefe said that it would be a huge help if people can go out and clear snow and ice away from the fire hydrants and storm sewer catch basins.
"Many of the catch basins are buried under snow, and you know, if we can get some of those uncovered through our own efforts and the co-operative efforts of people in neighbourhoods across the city, pitching in together, you know we'er helping the city and we're helping ourselves," he said.
As for the power outages, O'Keefe said he thinks the city is coping OK.
"I think people are handling it marvelously well," he said. " They seem to have accepted it stoically and are making the best of it."
The city has been drawing ire from residents for allowing the Ice Caps game to go ahead last night at Mile One Centre.
O'Keefe defended that decision, saying that "obligations that they had to adhere to" was one of the reasons that the game went ahead.
He pointed out that the stadium reduced the electricity load as much as it could.
He said he's not sure at this point, but there are two more games scheduled for tonight and tomorrow, and as far as he knows, they'll still be going ahead.
"There's still two games left today and tomorrow," he said. "I will have to look into that when I go down to City Hall today, but as far as I know, those games are scheduled."