Spring appears to have come early in Kamloops

By Jessica Lepp
February 25, 2016 - 3:54pm Updated: February 26, 2016 - 12:19pm

KAMLOOPS — This weeks blue skies and sunshine are sure signs that Spring is on it's way in the Tournament Capital Centre.

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As are street sweepers and landscapers which are out and about earlier this year.

Landscaping companies like Cityview, are taking advantage of an early Spring in Kamloops.

“This year is a little bit earlier. I started a week earlier than last year,” says Liam Rhynolds, Owner of Cityview Landscaping.

On January 28th, Kamloops set a record at 13.6 degrees according to Environment Canada.

So far this month the mean temperature is sitting at six degrees, about a degree and a half above the norm.

And as shorter Winters appear to have become a common theme in Kamloops it's proving good for business.

Rhynolds says, “with the ground still a little cold and hard, we're mostly doing cleanups and pruning.”

Now that the snow has melted on most city streets, the sweepers have hit the pavement.

Streets and Environmental Services Manager Glen Farrow says, “we try to get a jump on things mid February or early March. We need to get out now, pick up sand, and get the roads cleaned in advance of potholing as well as line painting.

Street sweepers are presently working on getting larger debris off the roadways but starting on February 29 will be in full Spring clean up mode.

While sweepers continue to make progress on city streets, motorists are being asked to park on driveways or in lanes so the city can do a more efficient job.

The warmer it gets the more work that can be done on the streets and in yards to prepare for upcoming Spring and Summer seasons.



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