|The snowstorm delivered 45 cm to southern Quebec Thursday, December 27, 2012, greatly reducing visibility on the roads and forcing the cancellation of several flights to Montreal Trudeau Airport. (EVE LÉVESQUE/ QMI AGENCY)
MONTREAL - A regular snowstorm, which usually brings about 20 cm of snow, costs the City of Montreal roughly $17 million to clean up. Thursday's record storm that dumped 45 cm of snow on the province's metropolis is expected to cost $25 million.
The storm caused traffic chaos and made many parts of the city virtually unnavigable without snowshoes or skis.
Three thousand city workers began clearing the snow on Friday and by Saturday morning about 12% of the snow had been cleared.
Michel Frenette, a city engineer responsible for snow removal, says that with another 5 cm of snow expected on Saturday, the cleanup will likely take at least six days.
City workers will take time off for the New Year's holiday before getting back to cleaning up the mess.