January 10, 2009

The city of Waterloo gets a lot of snow, even more than Toronto! The worst part is not shoveling your driveway, but if you’re like me, it’s clearing that pile of snow left by the plow at the end of your driveway. It’s not the light fluffy snow that settles right after a fresh snow fall. No, it’s the big, dirty, heavy chunks of snow compacted by cars driving over it. Did you know that there is an actual term used to describe this annoyance? It’s called a windrow. Now, you may be asking yourself, “What is a windrow?”. Fortunately, the city of Waterloo is kind enough to define it for us:

Q. What is a windrow and why is it in my driveway

A. Plows push most of the accumulated snow along the roadway. But some snow normally travels alongside the blade. As the plow moves past driveways, that snow falls to one side forming a windrow.

Although we all look forward to having the streets plowed, no one really looks forward to that pile of snow left at the end of the driveway. We understand your frustration with this situation. Once you’ve cleared your driveway, it can be annoying to see it obstructed with a pile of snow, or a windrow, left behind by the plow.

It is up to the homeowner to clear this snow left behind by the plow. If, however, a windrow of snow appears to be excessive, we will have a supervisor assess the volume and take some action if warranted. Remember though, that this would be an unusual situation.

We hope you will understand that during stormy weather conditions, our crews’ first priority is to clear the roadways and get the city moving safely again.

What makes matters even worse is if you live in a cul-de-sac or around an elbow curve. If you are one of those lucky home owners, you will be the recipient of an even larger amount snow waiting at the end of your driveway simply because of the placement of your house. Great, there goes my hope of being able to complain to the city…


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