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Public Works Dept. ready for the storm

March 17th is supposed to be all about the green.  This year, it’ll be white in our neck of the woods.

Environment Canada has upped its prediction of potential snowfall from the storm headed our way to 50cm.  City of Timmins public works manager Shane Skinner says some modelling indicates 60cm  – that’s two feet by noon Saturday.

His department is ready for the onslaught.

“We’re going to have our crews deployed but we’ll ask the public to be patient with us.  This is a large amount in a quick turnaround time,” he tells My Timmins Now Dot Com.

The priority is keeping main arteries open to allow fire trucks and ambulances to get through. Once the storm is over, the clean-up will begin on residential streets.

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Skinner asks you to postpone non-essential travel. Watch Netflix and play board games like you might have already been doing on March Break.

“That being said,” he adds, “obviously if there’s stuff that’s imminent or urgent, take care of those things, but stay home as much as you can.”

A gusty wind will also make visibility poor.  And Skinner says once the storm blows itself out, don’t leave your car on the street after cleaning out your driveway.

Hear more from Shane Skinner below.


Meanwhile, the games must go on, this final weekend of the regular season for the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The Soo Thunderbirds and Blind River Beavers both moved up travel plans by a day to beat the storm,  heading this way today.

The T-birds are scheduled to play in Kirkland Lake tomorrow at 7:00pm; Cochrane Saturday at 7:00pm;  and the Timmins Rock Sunday at 1:00pm.

The Beavers play Timmins tomorrow night at 7:30 and Hearst Saturday at 7:30pm.

Cochrane will be in Hearst tonight for a seven o’clock faceoff.

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