Friday, February 20, 2004

White Juan - The Day After

Well it's Day #2 of a state of emergency.  I heard on the radio this morning that the grand total for snow in Metro Halifax was 85cms.  I heard that other areas of Nova Scotia received over 100cms.  This was record-setting snowfall.  Below are some pics from this morning, which is a bright, sunny, but very windy day.

No plows have ventured onto our street yet, and it's now noon.

View from the balcony.  The water in the background is Bedford Basin.

Simon and I went out to shovel the driveway and sidewalk.

The walkway to the flat downstairs was completely covered by a 3-4 foot drift, so Simon shovelled out the pathway for the lady that lives there.

The lady that lives downstairs and came out and helped with the shovelling too, while the two people that live upstairs never came out at all, and we were out there for hours.  They kept us awake last night fighting - yelling, banging, smashing, slamming doors, etc.  I hope they move!!!  It kind of annoyed us that they've been out of work for the past month, sit home on their butts all day and didn't even come out and help shovel.  We should have shovelled all the snow on top of their car.

Simon was also kind enough to shovel the sidewalk and walkway for the old couple who live next door.  They were completely snowed in and couldn't even open their door.

This is our balcony, and it has a roof over it.  This much snow still managed to pile up here.

I just heard on the radio that they are calling for more snow Saturday night and all day Sunday.

Our place is finally all shovelled out:

After the shovelling, Simon and I went for a walk around on our snowshoes.

We made our way towards Nanny's house.  This is Merson Avenue:

Here is Nanny's house:

There was a big drift in her driveway:

So I stood on it. :)

Her back door was snowed in again.

Here are some pics of her backyard:

Simon shovelling off the back step.

The driveway - a lot of it escaped the snow, except for the end by the sidewalk.  The house must have provided a shelter from the wind on this side.

This is looking out across the neighbour's backyard:

So after visiting with Nanny for a bit we headed for home.  Normandy in front of St.Stephen's School is a disaster.  It's a huge drift - probably 6 to 8 feet in places.  Simon stood by the fence at the yard of the school, and you can see that he's standing on top of the drift pointing to the top of the fence.

This big pile of snow is right in the middle of Normandy, right by Merson Avenue.

This is looking back down Merson Avenue:

Robie Street to Basinview Drive is another disaster area.  Huge drifts cover the street in waves all the way down.  I got a picture of a guy shovelling his driveway and sidewalk - his head is barely visible, peeking over the snow bank.

Wow, look at that.  This is going to take some big plows to clear!

Almost home:

The sunset this evening.  The word is that there is 20cms more coming Sunday.

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