St. John’s residents who are able are encouraged to lend a hand
A recent rash of mixed weather has left many of the city’s 3,200 fire hydrants covered in snow and ice, and the city and fire department are asking residents to help shovel them out.
“The city and the St. John’s Regional Fire Department appreciate the public’s help to keep hydrants clear near their property following a storm. By working together, we can help keep our neighborhoods safe. Once the snowplows finish widening roads following a snow event, the city begins the process to clear all hydrants,’’ Coun. Ian Froude, lead for the public works department, said Monday afternoon.
“The city has over 3,200 hydrants and it typically takes five to seven working days to clear the snow from all the hydrants.”
Normally, according to St. John’s Regional Fire Department Capt. Mike Maher, clearing snow from hydrants is done by City of St. John’s maintenance crews.
“With that, if possible, we would encourage residents to try and clear a hydrant near their homes,’’ Maher said Monday.
“If they can clean them, that is great, as it makes it safer for them and others in the neighbourhood. So I would say if they can clear them, go for it.’’
Maher sad that based on the high number of hydrants in the city, keeping them all clear is an issue, as crews are already taxed.