As we slid along at a snails pace, we passed many pour souls digging out their cars. On the radio they were telling people not to head out in the car unless it was absolutely essential, but from their efforts, it seemed that obviously some people needed to make a move...(had enough of the family over Christmas, have we...???)
Being Montreal, and not *ahem* England – sorry, oh birth country of mine, I just couldn't resist that little dig - buses were continuing to run (admittedly, just), and the city was still carrying on about its daily business; if not a little slower than normal.
It was amazing how soon the big machines of the snow-clearing services came along, and how quickly the city began getting cleared: routes to hospitals, metro stations, highways and bus lanes first, working their way around to the smaller streets.
But getting all the city streets and pavements cleared will take time, and it is expected to take six days, with a workforce of a couple of thousand operating well over a thousand pieces of machinery. The costs for removal, solely for this storm, will apparently be in the region of $25 Million.
That's one big snow storm, and one big clean up operation!