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Garbage trucks won’t roll out on snowy roads today

City and highways crews plowing primary and secondary routes in Nanaimo

Waste collection will have to wait due to yesterday’s snowstorm.

The City of Nanaimo announced via social media that crews will not be collecting garbage today, and residents are asked not to put their carts out to give more room for plows.

“We will allow for extra garbage to be collected on the next cycle. Please focus on waste reduction in the meantime,” notes a social media post from the city.

The city adds that plows “are making headway on the emergency and priority routes [and] will move onto secondary roads this morning.”

The region’s highways contractor Mainroad Mid-Island noted in an advisory that yesterday’s significant snowfall was twice what was forecast in some areas.

“Mainroad crews have been focusing their efforts on main routes and bus/commercial routes during the past 18 hours to keep these routes safely open. We will be shifting to residential and side roads today with hill areas receiving priority,” the advisory notes.

Nanaimo RCMP posted on social media that most secondary roads are in bad shape, and “with more snow expected today, don’t drive if you’re not prepared.”

City recreation facilities are open, but there could be program cancellations later in the day with more snow in the forecast.

Environment Canada updated its snowfall warning this morning, saying “a long period of snowfall” with 10-15 centimetres or “somewhat higher amounts possible” on Vancouver Island, with the heaviest amounts falling tonight.

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