In his 88 years living in Deer Lake, Carl Cooper hasn’t seen a winter this bad.
© — Photo by Paul Hutchings/The Western Star
Jerry Pittman of Deer Lake uses a snowblower Friday for what he said feels like the 100th time this winter. Residents are beginning to get frustrated with all the snow they are seeing and Pittman is no exception.
Clearing the snow from the double driveway at his Clinic Road home, Cooper peeks out from the protective windscreen installed on his snowblower to see how much more has to be done today. He said he knows there’s more to come, without even seeing a forecast. He can feel it.
“This has just been terrible,” he said. “I can’t remember any time like this around here.”
The town has piles of snow everywhere because staff simply have no place to put it anymore. Like everywhere else on the island, watching for ice on the sidewalks has become second nature, and everywhere residents walk hunched over, holding their hands to their throats in an attempt to keep the cold air from getting down their necks.
Cooper is just finishing clearing his driveway. He has only one car, but he likes to keep it all clear.
“I have (family) that lives here. If someone wants to come visit, they can,” he said. “I don’t wait. After the snow falls I just get at it, and get it over with.”
Over on Mayor Avenue, Jerry Pittman is finishing clearing his spacious driveway. He brushes off questions about what all the snowclearing does to him physically.
“I think it’s a mental thing. We come out, clear it, feel good about it being clear and have to do it again a day later,” Pittman said. “It does something to you, takes the accomplishment away.”
Pittman agreed with Cooper — it’s the worst winter he’s seen, too.
Norm Goulding on Middle Road shovels the snow from his smaller driveway wearing nothing but a hoodie bearing the logo of a local tavern, even though the temperature dropped below zero.
“I’m warm enough trying to clear all this. I don’t need a coat,” he said with a laugh. “This does make my back sore sometimes, but I guess all we can do is try to get through it.”
Cooper said he knows what he’ll do when it gets warmer.
“I’m going to relax, that’s it, that’s all,” he said as he pushed the button to start his snowblower back up. With a swipe of the glove across the snowblower’s windscreen, he was back on the job.
Unfortunately, more snow is expected in Deer Lake over the weekend, with a partly sunny day forecast for Monday. The temperature is expected to remain at or just above zero all weekend.
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