Blizzard created hazardous conditions in Tantramar

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Last Thursday morning in downtown Sackville continued to serve up some wintry weather of high winds and blowing snow after a blizzard hit the region the day before.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Local RCMP said they faced some difficulties with people not taking caution during the storm that hit the Maritimes last Wednesday.

“It is important that people listen to the warnings that are posted regarding the storms,” said RCMP Sgt. James Graves.

High winds, snow drifts and reduced visibility caused the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure to close down the highways from Moncton through to Truro, which included the Tantamar marsh area.

RCMP responded to calls of stranded motorists caught in snowdrifts. Graves said police were able to get to some of those travellers to help them on their way while others had to stay put for the time being.

Graves said several accidents took place because of the storm – one accident involving a tractor-trailer and another involving a snowplow.

 “The highways were not fit to be driven on. They were clogged with snow drifts and deep snow.”

RCMP worked with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Sackville and Memramcook area fire departments, the Town of Sackville’s public works department and local tow truck companies to have plows on standby to rescue people in an emergency situation.

Despite the number of challenges they faced, Graves appreciates the help from the media to try and keep people posted and warned.

“There was excellent cooperation from the media to get the message out that it was dangerous to drive,” he said

Town engineer Dwayne Acton of Sackville’s engineering and public works department was not available for comment by press time.

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Tantramar, Moncton Memramcook

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