The Town of Lake Cowichan receives most of its precipitation in the form of rain. The Town does occasionally, when temperatures dip to freezing, receive it in the form of snow, which results in the Town having to adjust its normal operations to cope with snowfalls which have not been as common in recent years. Our works crew and equipment have to be mobilized for snow removal operations when temperatures dip to zero and the forecasts call for snow. We still have to ensure that the water and sewer systems are maintained and water main breaks repaired. We have to multi-task the public's priorities so all of its needs are met, which often results in our public works employees working over-time during business days and week-ends. Longer shifts and early starts for our employees sometimes become necessary.
Do I have to clear the sidewalk in front of my property?
Yes, snow is required to be removed from sidewalks by 10:00 a.m. following the snowfall, by the home owner, commercial property owner or the occupier. The Town deeply appreciates the efforts of those citizens who regularly assist their elderly and/or disabled neighbours in this regard. Ensure that your garbage, organic and recycling containers are placed closer to the driveway for easier access by your service providers. The Town uses a special sand mix for its roads and the use of salt is avoided.
Does the Town Have Vehicles Impounded During Snowfalls?
We ask that residents park their vehicles in their driveways or on their property. Yes, the Town may have vehicles removed during snowfalls if these impede snow removal operations as routes have to be kept clear, especially for emergency traffic. The owners of these vehicles will be responsible for all fees and charges relating to the impoundment. The Town will not be held liable for damages incurred during snow plough operations. Help the Town by doing your part so the roadways and pathways may be kept clear for all of us