The City of White Rock and the community together can keep our roads and sidewalks safe during winter weather conditions.
Help Keep Sidewalks Clear
Residents and businesses are required to clear snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding their property by 10 a.m. following a snowfall, according to City Bylaw No. 1529 (PDF).
Help Your Neighbour
Give your neighbours a hand shoveling snow, especially if they are seniors or have limited mobility. Ask friends or neighbours for help if you are unable or will be away.
Clear Catch Basins
Help keep catch basins free of debris and snow, especially during melting conditions. Blocked catch basins may result in excess water along the road area when snow is melting. This could become dangerous if it freezes and may also result in flooding of nearby properties.
Understand How the City Prioritizes Snow Clearing
The City manages more than 80 kilometres of roadways in addition to parks and civic facilities. The job of snow clearing is shared by the City’s Road Crew and the Parks Crew.
White Rock’s Road Crew begins by clearing and salting priority 1 road routes, then moves to 2 and 3. Once all priority routes are cleared, they begin tackling non-priority routes. View the snow clearing priority map.
To make the most of the available resources, priority locations for snow and ice removal are:
- Bus routes
- Emergency access routes (including Peace Arch Hospital)
- Major roads
Barricades are also set up to stop traffic from entering roads which become dangerous in inclement weather, such as steep hills like Oxford Street.
White Rock’s Parks Crew works to clear sidewalks and parking lots at civic facilities. Once those priority areas are clear, they tackle walkways in the City, like the Promenade, and, along with our Road Crew, will also work to clear high traffic sidewalks and parking lots.
Thank you for your help and patience during snow events. Together we can work to keep our city safe!