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December 11, 2000
City of Toronto's snow crews ready for action
The City of Toronto's snow removal crews and equipment are ready to go as the
City anticipates the first major snowfall of the winter.

The City is ready to deploy 673 snow plows, 303 sidewalk plows and 201 salt
trucks to handle snow clearing operations in 2000-2001.

In the event of a major snowstorm, the City's first priority will be to clear
main roads for emergency and TTC vehicles.

After clearing the main roads, the snow clearing fleet will tackle collector
roads and side streets.

"If we get a big storm, we encourage people to take public transit and not park
their cars on the street in order that our staff and equipment can clear the
snow as safely and effectively as possible," said Gary Welsh, Director of
Transportation Services, City of Toronto.

In order to get timely information about snow clearing operations, the City has
a telephone number -- 416-338-SNOW (7669) -- for residents to call. Residents
can also call 416-599-9090 for road information.

The public is reminded that a City bylaw requires property owners to clear
sidewalks of snow and ice within 12 hours of a snowfall. Failure to do so could
result in a fine of $105.

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