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Northern Peninsula, Southern Labrador dig out after major storm


For many around the Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador, today will be a day of shoveling and getting back to normal.

Many towns were at a standstill since Friday evening, when high winds and heavy snow kept heavy equipment off the roads.

Weather warnings and road closures from Cow head to Roddickton to St. Anthony kept most people in their homes during the worst storm so far this winter.

Some woke up this morning unable to access their vehicles because of snow drifts, while others couldn’t see the road.

Others are just heading home after three days of undrivable white out conditions.

Many neighbours and friends have been working together to help others clear out, as well. It’s been a joint effort, especially in St. Lunaire-Griquet where some drifts buried parts of a few houses to their roofs.

The Department of Transportation and Works has all available heavy equipment operators on the roads, clearing safe passage. Municipalities are also working to clear their roads within each town.

Many towns were at a standstill since Friday evening, when high winds and heavy snow kept heavy equipment off the roads.

Weather warnings and road closures from Cow head to Roddickton to St. Anthony kept most people in their homes during the worst storm so far this winter.

Some woke up this morning unable to access their vehicles because of snow drifts, while others couldn’t see the road.

Others are just heading home after three days of undrivable white out conditions.

Many neighbours and friends have been working together to help others clear out, as well. It’s been a joint effort, especially in St. Lunaire-Griquet where some drifts buried parts of a few houses to their roofs.

The Department of Transportation and Works has all available heavy equipment operators on the roads, clearing safe passage. Municipalities are also working to clear their roads within each town.

This video was taken on the road heading to St. Anthony near Main Brook branch.

Like many on the Northern Peninsula, the Sheppard family in St. Anthony began shoveling themselves out on Sunday. Here, Isaac (right) and, Daniel (centre) watch as mom Hauna (left) shoveled, while dad Steve (not pictured) operated the snowblower.

       

Damien Reardon woke up to quite the sight. Well, technically no sight at all. His vehicle was buried under this large drift of snow at his home in Goose Cove. It was white as far as the eye could see.

      

One of the many views in St. Lunaire-Griquet that locals faced when they left their homes today. Mayor Dale Colbourne snapped this photo after heading out to see the aftermath of the storm.

      

Have any storm photos or stories? Send them along to Northern Pen editor Melissa Jenkins at Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc.

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