Montreal has been dumped with over two feet of snow in the last two weeks, and the city is scrambling to get as much of it carted away as soon as possible.
“My main goal is the safety of Montrealers,” said Anie Samson of the City of Montreal.
A law however allows crews a 36-hour break, and the city decided to give their employees Christmas off.
Estimates are that approximately 10 percent of the snow has been cleared, and the rest should be removed by December 30th.
“We need the cooperation of the citizens,” Samson said. “I know it’s very difficult, I know we have a lot of snow, but please help us because if we want to clean the streets, we need the cars out [of the way.]”
During the last storm, crews towed approximately 5,000 vehicles – and they estimate each vehicle towed slows down the clearing operation by 10 minutes.
Officials estimate 15-20 centimetres of snow cost about $20 million to haul away.