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Snowfall to cost city $4 million

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Winnipeg’s latest snowfall is expected to cost the city about $4 million.

City of Winnipeg officials launched a snow-clearing operation Monday night to remove snow from the city’s main streets. On Tuesday, plows continued clearing main routes, bus routes, collector streets and sidewalks.

About 150 pieces of equipment will be used for the cleanup operation this week.

The plowing that took place on Tuesday cost $500,000 and the total balloons to $4 million when the residential plowing is added in.

Winnipeg has budgeted about $26 million for snow-clearing this year.

Last week, city officials revealed it cost Winnipeg $11 million to clear snow from city streets in January — nearly twice as much as the $6 million the city had budgeted for.

On March 4, 1966, Winnipeg received 35.6 cm of snow in a single day — the record for extreme daily snowfall in March.

The city will start to plow residential streets on Thursday at 7 a.m. A residential parking ban will be in effect Thursday morning and continue to Saturday at 7 p.m. Residents who live in snow zones slated to be plowed need to move their vehicles.

Vehicles parked in violation of the residential parking ban will receive a $150 ticket, or $75 if paid early, and may be towed to a nearby street.

To find out when your zone is scheduled to be plowed, visit www.knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca or phone 311 to confirm.

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