Salt Spring residents have once again spent days shovelling snow, skidding into ditches and coping without power as snow fell off and on from Friday through Monday night.
Island residents reported receiving between 12 and 20 inches (30 to 50 centimetres) of snow, depending on their location.
Salt Spring RCMP Sgt. Ryan Netzer said calls for service took a definite jump since snow started falling on Friday. Detachment members responded to 20 calls for service related to the weather.
“The calls ranged from collisions and other traffic-related incidents to medical emergencies and alarms due to power outages,” he said.
Similarly, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue dealt with 26 calls from Friday through Monday. Salt Spring Fire Chief Arjuna George said those included a chimney fire, alarm bells, numerous downed power lines and hydro fires. They also assisted BC Ambulance personnel with some medical calls.
Salt Spring Emergency Program coordinator Elizabeth Zook said that while the conditions have been “challenging,” islanders have been handling things well and the neighbourhood POD system has been proving its mettle.
“The program itself is working really well,” she said, adding that it’s all about “neighbours helping neighbours.”
“People are feeling good about it because they know they’re not alone.”
Andrew Little was one of those helpful people. On Tuesday he was clearing out a friend’s driveway with a snow-blower on Rainbow Road and ended up tackling the driveways of two more while he was at it.
“It took about three hours, but it did not feel right to leave them snowed in when I was capable of helping,” he said.