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Corner Brook lending beleaguered St. John's some snowclearing help

These four City of Corner Brook snowplow/snowblower operators, from left, Todd White, Rick Kean, Morgan Hammond and Brian Dawe, are currently deployed to St. John's to help with the mammoth snowclearing effort currently under way in the aftermath of Friday's major blizzard. The city sent two loader/snowblower combinations, along with mechanic Mike Marks, to assist in operations. CONTRIBUTED
These four City of Corner Brook snowplow/snowblower operators, from left, Todd White, Rick Kean, Morgan Hammond and Brian Dawe, are currently deployed to St. John's to help with the mammoth snowclearing effort currently under way in the aftermath of Friday's major blizzard. The city sent two loader/snowblower combinations, along with mechanic Mike Marks, to assist in operations. CONTRIBUTED - Contributed
CORNER BROOK, N.L. —

Mayor Jim Parsons of the City of Corner Brook said sending equipment, operators and a mechanic to help St. John’s is just like being good neighour.

The east coast was slammed with a monster blizzard Friday into Saturday that brought record amounts of snow and high winds, resulting in St. John’s and many communities on the east coast declaring a state of emergency. The emergency order was still in place in St. John’s into Sunday.

Parsons announced Saturday the city would be sending two loader/blower combinations, four operators and a mechanic to help St. John’s. The plan was to provide continuous 12-hour shifts.

He has no idea how long they will be deployed to St. John’s, but the City of Corner Brook has worked to make sure it’s covered back on its end as there is some snow in the forecast for the Corner Brook area in the next couple of days.

While the amount to be spent is not known yet, he said the city is bearing the costs and will be paying its personnel the same as if they were working home in Corner Brook.

“There’s usually circumstances where there’s federal disaster relief, so we’ll deal with that afterwards, in the next few weeks,” Parsons said.

He said the City of Corner Brook and the City of St. John’s have a good working relationship and that his city reached out to them when they saw this coming.

Parsons said they put the heavy equipment on trailers and floated it out to St. John’s Sunday. the employees went to work helping clear the streets upon arrival.

“At any given winter it could be us in a situation like this, so we lend a hand and get some good karma,” he said.

frank.gale@thewesternstar.com

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