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Castlegar fire chief asking residents to clear hydrants buried in snow

A visible fire hydrant will save precious time in case of an emergency.

Castlegar’s fire chief is asking local residents for some help.

The heavy snowfall we have received over the last few weeks means that there are a lot of fire hydrants buried in snow. Eventually the City of Castlegar will get around to clearing them all, but with so much accumulated snow, work crews are still dealing with clearing roads.

“They are doing best they can to keep up with weather,” said Lattanzio.

“I am asking residents and business owners that when you are out clearing your little section of sidewalk, to please keep in mind that there may be a hydrant there that could use a little bit of help.”

It’s also a bad idea to throw more snow from your snow blower or shovel near the hydrants.

Lattanzio says that while it is ultimately the city’s responsibility to clear the hydrants, an exposed hydrant really benefits those who live near it.

“If we are called out to an emergency, it could waste valuable time if we have to dig it out,” said Lattanzio.

RELATED: Castlegar Fire Department sees increased call volume in 2019



betsy.kline@castlegarnews.com

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