Tuesday morning’s warmer weather caused several delays across the city as commuters had to battle not only slick, icy roads but also giant puddles of melted snow.
According to Coun. Catherine McKenney, the city has deployed all its resources to combat the slippery conditions, both on roads and sidewalks. Machines have been sent out to plow and salt sidewalks and side streets to add some traction to the roads.
A record 101.8 cm of snow fell on the capital throughout January. As a result of the warmer temperatures, deep puddles have formed on several roads in the city due to blocked catch basins.
McKenney says the city has sent out teams to focus on clearing the catch basins to drain the water that has gathered on the streets.
The city is also asking anyone who is able to help staff by clearing blocked catch basins near their homes.
It’s all hands on deck for #OttCity crews salting and sanding sidewalks & side streets, as well as clearing catch basins. With 94,000 catch basins in #OttCity, you can help by clearing the ones near your home of snow & ice as best as you can.
— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) February 5, 2019
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Some residents in the area have concerns that some of their smaller cars might have difficulty navigating the flooding that has occurred, trapping some in their homes.
Flooded streets after days of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain. All going to freeze this afternoon when temperature drops rapidly, -7 by 6pm! Going to make for some treacherous travel. Yikes! @BlacksWeather @ottawacity @JimWatsonOttawa #ottnews #Ottawa #Winter @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/zMUnPCo61k
— Dan Pershick (@DanPershick) February 5, 2019
School buses in the city were cancelled Tuesday morning as a result of the poor road conditions and the on-ramp to the Queensway eastbound at Woodroffe was also closed due to flooding.
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