District crews, residents and businesses work together to help our community stay safe during winter weather conditions. The snow plow priority map outlines priority roads during poor weather conditions.
District Crews – Anti-icing Procedures & Snow Removal Plan
Anti-icing procedures – The lines you see on the roads are made by a brine solution (salt & water) that contains 24% salt. This brine solution is applied when the roads are expected to freeze, and can stay intact for up to 5 days. It is effective at a temperature that dips down to -8 ºC. Brine is applied to all municipal roads, including gravel roads when temperatures are expected to drop close to zero.
District crews monitor weather reports and are prepared and ready to respond to snow events when they arrive. Crews then use the District’s five snow plows to clear roads once snow accumulation is expected to exceed 2 cm. Snow is cleared in the following order of priority to ensure the safety of motorists:
1. Major arterial streets, school bus and transit routes, access routes to emergency services buildings, routes leading to Sandy Hook/Tuwanek and the Davis Bay area, commercial areas and steep roads are responded to first.
2. Collector streets in residential neighbourhoods are responded to second.
3. Local streets and roads and other areas as and where needed are responded to third.
4. Gravel roads are not plowed because the gravel destroys plow blades.
Local streets and roads, lanes, back allies and small dead end cul-de-sacs are cleared only after snow and ice conditions on arterial and collector streets have been responded to. In the event of an ongoing snowfall, it may take longer for plows to reach local streets as first and second priority streets will require ongoing and repeated attention.
If more equipment is required, the Public Works crew will also utilize the grader and backhoe.
Residents and Business – How you can help
Businesses - please clear snow from the sidewalks bordering your building as soon as possible after a snow event (Bylaw 516, 2012 section 43).
Residents - please clear snow from the sidewalks bordering your property as soon as possible after a snow event. Please do not shovel snow onto the street. Place snow on the right side of your driveway (when facing the street) to help prevent snow ploughs from moving snow back into your driveway. An additional way to help is to ensure that gutters and storm drains in front of your home are clear of snow, ice, leaves and other debris. This will allow for proper drainage of rain and melted snow, reducing the risk of flooding.
Remember to check on neighbours and elderly family members. Be prepared for an emergency. Keep an emergency kit and supplies in your home, office and vehicle.
Motorists - avoid parking on the street. This will allow snow plows the room required to safely clear streets. This is particularly important on cul-de-sacs and narrow roadways. Drive only if necessary.
Garbage and Recycling Collection during heavy snow event
During a snow event, it may be necessary to suspend or delay garbage and recycling collection. If this happens and your collection is missed, collection contractors will permit an additional bin of garbage or recycling to be put out the following collection day.
Report a Problem
To report a problem related to Sechelt services use our online Service Request form located under Contact Us.
- If you require assistance during regular office hours, please call 604-885-1986 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After regular office hours call 604-885-1986 - the message will assist you in redirecting your call to our 24 Hours Emergency Pager Service at 1-866-951-7450.