“The roads are impassable and that’s it, there’s nothing that can be done,” said Andrew Piercey, a dispatcher with Jiffy Cabs in St. John’s. The snow is over my head, said the City of St. John’s mayor.
Newfoundland’s premier asked for the Canadian military’s help Saturday as residents struggled to tunnel out from homes buried by the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in St. John’s.
Rob Carroll, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said St. John’s had experienced a one-day snowfall of 76.2 cm (30 inches), breaking the previous record of 68.4 cm (27 inches) on April 5, 1999. (Did you catch that? He’s talking about record snowfall, not only for the date, but for any date.)
St. John’s Mayor Danny Breen said he said he is about 178 cm tall (5-foot-8), and “the snow in front of my front step is over my head. I can’t see either one of my cars in the driveway.”
The City of St. John’s and several nearby communities declared states of emergency late Friday morning that remained in effect, which required businesses to close and all non-emergency vehicles to stay off streets. Even snowplows were pulled off roads as zero-visibility dropped to near zero
Widespread power outages were reported. Newfoundland Power said during the night that its crews were working to restore electricity for about 21,000 customers.
One resident described the snow as piled “up to your neck″ in some areas.
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