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LETTER: Riverhead, Harbour Grace resident not happy about snow clearing

A snowplow clears one of the many side roads of Fudges Road area of Corner Brook Monday.
A snowplow clears one of the many side roads of Fudges Road area of Corner Brook. - SaltWire Network file photo

I’ll start by saying Happy New Year. Hopefully it turns out to be a more productive one for our province than the last few.
That being said, perhaps some attention to an issue we are having on Galway’s Lane off Thicket Road will cause some positive change.
The snow clearing situation up here is literally becoming a life and death problem. It’s 1:28 p.m. as I’m typing this and there’s been no sign of a plow or sand truck in our area and I’m willing to bet that if we see one up here at all, it will make an appearance before 9 p.m.

Underneath the snow there’s a layer of ice which has been untouched since the freezing rain we had three or four days ago. There’s been no sanding done here either. There’s a very nice older lady across the street. I believe she has to be in her 90s and she has some health issues. If an ambulance needed to get to her, I have some serious doubts that it would make it. We have a little boy here with severe asthma and again, if something were to happen …
We were stuck outside just now for about an hour trying to get to the store for a few groceries. The brand new set of tires on our car are now shot, the car came close to overheating and we made it nowhere. Our neighbour just made a comment that I find rather accurate: “They think we’re nothing but a bunch of animals down here.”
We’ve tried contacting people from council with little to no success, not that it would matter because it’s been the same thing every year. It is nearly 2 p.m in the afternoon. Half of the point of having the roads cleared is so that people can get to work. Last year, I missed several days of work because I simply could not get off of this lane and most people are afraid to chance driving up this way because it’s known to be bad and unkempt. I’ve been all over the country and I have never seen a system like this. There’s no order or reliability at all.
If you can help us in any way, be it publicly posting my meanderings, contacting Mayor Don Coombs or starting a fundraiser to buy a Thicket tow-truck or plow or any other ideas that may let the people up here sleep a little easier knowing that they can leave their homes, I am sure we would all be grateful.

Les G.W. Rose

Riverhead, Harbour Grace

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