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Crews use steam to remove snow and ice from catch basins

Although spring is right around the corner and we haven’t had a significant snowfall in Calgary for weeks, don’t be surprised if you see snow removal equipment in your community.

While the warm weather trend has continued throughout February, low overnight temperatures have led to a freeze-thaw cycle. This has created icy patches on the roads, especially around storm drains, also known as catch basins.

As a result, City Roads and Water crews are out doing work to clear roads and catch basins as well as address water pooling concerns. These include:

  • Clearing the area around catch basins with a grader so that water can run into it.
  • Moving ice from the shady side of the street to the sunny side, where it can melt.
  • Addressing concerns of water pooling that can cause property damage or safety issues.

Residents are asked NOT to try to clear blocked storm drains themselves, but to fill out a 311 Service Request instead. 

Snow Budget Savings

Although road maintenance work has continued despite the lack of snow, we have seen significant savings on material use, such as gravel, as well as on overtime wages.  In 2015, The City came in $2 million under the Snow and Ice Control (SNIC) budget.  That money has now been put into the SNIC reserve fund which can be accessed in future winters with above-average snowfalls.

For additional information about snow and ice control in our city, visit

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