Harsh ­winter ­resulted in a $4 M ­budget overrun for the City of Sherbrooke

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Harsh ­winter ­resulted in a $4 M ­budget overrun for the City of Sherbrooke

Record Staff – The City of Sherbrooke’s municipal council reviewed the 2018-2019 annual report “Vivre avec l’hiver” (“Living with Winter”), presenting the highlights of the most recent winter season. This past winter was undeniably marked by extreme weather conditions. The early start for snow removal operations, the numerous heavy snowfalls, and the exceedingly cold temperatures resulted in the sustained demand for scraping, salt and abrasive spreading, and snow removal operations. There were over 164 days between the first and last snowfall in the City of Sherbrooke this winter. In total, over four metres of snow fell to the ground in the 2018-2019 winter season, which is the most that has been seen in the last 25 years. The abundant snowfalls exceeded the last five years’ average by 146 centimetres. The rigorous and exceptionally long winter season caused a spike in municipal spending, resulting in an excess of $4 M dollars on top of the intended budget for the 2018-2019 winter. See full story in the Wednesday, June 12 edition of The Record.

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