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Sunday snow buries two cars

Minister feels snow clearing crews doing ‘good job’

By Caitlin Snow Feb 8, 2024 | 4:23 PM

Minister of Public Works, Kim Masland says she thinks the department has done a really good job with snow clearing efforts, following the historic snowfall over the weekend.

Masland says there are still about 50 roads left to be cleared, that will be open by Thursday.

“Our focus right now is making sure we finish those last roads, helping out folks that need to be helped out… then we will take a long look and see… if there’s something that we can change to make it better; of course we will.”

She adds that they have about 400 pieces of snow clearing equipment and is unsure of the number that were brought in to help.

Masland says crews put in about 60,000 hours after some areas got between 100 and 150cm.

Meanwhile, the provincial Liberals are criticizing the government for not taking the storm seriously, leaving many Nova Scotians trapped in their homes.

Liberal leader Zach Churchill alongside MLAs from Cape Breton are calling for a signal that some financial support is on the way.

Premier Tim Houston told reporters the province is exploring it.

“We will look at what is possible…the people who can’t get out and missed shifts… businesses and stuff… we will do an assessment.”

Houston adds funds were made available after the floods and fires because people couldn’t return home, not because they were trapped at home.