It’s the responsibility of property owners to remove snow and ice from in front of their properties. (Citizen file)

It’s the responsibility of property owners to remove snow and ice from in front of their properties. (Citizen file)

Flurries may be in the forecast for Cowichan Valley

Duncan, North Cowichan reminding people of snow clearing rules

Snow is in the forecast. Well, maybe, depending on who you get your weather updates from. Regardless, the winter weather is on its way at some point and it’s prompted officials with the City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan to remind residents of their responsibility to clear the snow and ice from in front of their properties.

“When it snows, clearing the snow is a team effort. City crews are responsible for plowing and clearing the streets is a priority and every owner/occupier of a property is responsible to remove snow and ice on their sidewalk in front of their property,” said a Facebook post by the City of Duncan. “Working together keeps our streets and sidewalks safe, and keeps people, goods and services moving. Failure to do so can result in fines, and no one wants that.”

The release also suggested getting to know your neighbours.

“If a neighbour is away, or needs help shoveling, please be neighbourly and lend a hand — a little goes a long way!”

Over in North Cowichan, the rules are similar.

“Colder weather is certainly upon us and a friendly reminder that it’s up to all of us to keep our sidewalks clear and safe,” said the municipality’s Facebook post. “Residents and businesses are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks that border their property within 48 hours of snowfall.”

North Cowichan officials also suggested being a good neighbour and helping those who may have difficulty shoveling snow.

The Weather Network is calling for “a few flurries” on Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, the 26th and then again on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, especially if you live in Lake Cowichan.

Environment Canada’s forecast is different and is reporting we’ll see the first potentially snowy precipitation on Nov. 26 and then again any day from Nov. 30 on.



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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