City of Regina
City of Regina says our streets are in good shape.
As of Friday, they're 90 percent complete plowing and ice shaving residential roads and they should be complete sometime Saturday.
Chris Warren, the manager of winter maintenance with the City of Regina says they're caught up now but probably not for long.
"There's still snow in the forecast; there's still cold temperatures ahead. So it's one of those things where we'll be still using out resources," he said.
Starting this summer, people who ride the bus in Regina will have access to expanded and more direct routes.
The city has approved a new bus schedule at the committee level. It will go to council for an information session before implementation in July.
The organizers of the Junos aren't concerned about the lack of a snow melt, or should a melt occur, the likely subsequent flooding problems.
"Our main host city event is certainly on the (City Square Plaza) with the Potash Corp Going to get Loud Tent," said Chairman Mike MacNaughton. "The City of Regina has done a great job of removing a lot of the snow around that area."
If it stays chilly into next week when the festivities begin, MacNaughton says they have that covered too, as the tent itself will be heated as well.
According to the forecast Regina's snow isn't going to be leaving any time soon, and more is coming, but the City of Regina is going over budget for snow removal.
"By the end of March when I looked at the numbers we had spent pretty much close to what our whole budget for the year is, so I think we were sitting around $6.3 million," said Chris Warren, manager of winter road maintenance for the City of Regina.
That money only counts snow removal for January to the end of March and the budget is meant to last from October to December next winter.
Regina drivers may literally be left spinning their wheels in icy ruts thanks to recent warmer temperatures but the city says it's doing the best it can with the money it has.
A long winter filled with a record amount of snowfall has come to a head this week with warmer temperatures softening snow on residential streets. Cars travelling over that softened snow pack have created deep ruts on some streets; leaving people backing out of their driveways stuck spinning their wheels and others scraping the bottom of their vehicle.
What will Mother Nature bring next week? From snow to double digit temperatures, you never really know what kind of weather is in store for Regina which is why the city is preparing for everything.
Jay O'Connor with emergency management for the City of Regina always has his eye on the forecast.
“The cooler weather that we’re getting now is nice, it accommodates a little bit of melting and cooling at night,” he commented.
All the water from the melting snow in Regina has to go somewhere. In many cases it’s pooling in the middle of residential streets, which isn’t making driving or walking easy.
City crews are busy making sure that water is going where it’s supposed to: down sewer drains.
Supervisor of sewer and drainage operations David Jijian says there are four crews that go out with the task of clearing snow, ice and other debris from drains.
CJME got to go along with one crew in central Regina to see exactly how it’s done.
For the second time in as many days there's been a notable roof collapse in Regina.
Late Thursday afternoon Regina Fire, Police and EMS were called to the south side of the city where a roof caved in at a strip mall on Grant Road.
"There's no injuries, the unit that had the collapse was vacant, so we don't have any issues with trapped people, etc..." said Gerard Kay with the fire department.
There were also gas and water leaks that were quickly contained.
Evraz Place was the latest victim of a partial roof collapse on Wednesday.
President and CEO Mark Allan confirmed to CJME that it happened on the northwest portion of the property, right where the commercial cattle barn and stock-man’s arena join up.
“A portion of the steel roof did fail due to significant ice load,” Allan said.
“There was no one in the building at the time, to the best of my knowledge. There are no injuries for sure.”
He said they’ve never had that problem before.
With a looming strike at Evraz Place, the City of Regina is moving its sandbag-making operations to a new facility.
"We were using a location on the Evraz-facility compound to build our sandbags, it was a convenient location for us" explained Jay O'Connor, manager of emergency management. "At this time, I understand that strike notice has been given, so we will be relocating our sandbagging operations to an alternate facility so that we don't run into any conflicts with our employees crossing another unions picket lines."