Editorial: Snow

The single most concentrated snowfall of the past several decades tested the resolve of Terrace and area residents

In easily the single most concentrated snowfall of the past several decades, the blizzard of Feb. 5-6 tested the resolve of Terrace and area residents.

Old-timers reached back into their memory banks to recall when so much snow fell in so little amount of time.

It was perhaps fortunate that a regularly-scheduled public school non-instructional day of Feb. 6 followed by the Family Day statutory holiday of Feb. 9 combined to keep traffic off of local roads.

It seemed that virtually every piece of equipment that could lift, push, shove and haul snow was pressed into service in the effort to keep roads cleared.

Neighbours compared notes as to the best way and place to shovel snow so that plow operators pushed as little as possible into windrows at the foot of driveways.

Neighbours also helped neighbours shovel. People stopped their vehicles to help others less fortunate who became stuck. Grocery store runs were organized for those who were running low on supplies.

Good humour and patience were evident in equal amounts as people coped.

Northerners live where they do for any number of reasons – historical, cultural, employment, family.

One of those reasons is for the feeling of community and that certainly topped even the most deepest of snowdrifts.


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