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Digging out at the port city of St. John’s. Army called in to help. Photos

PortandTerminal.com, January 19, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – The record-setting blizzard is over and now the digging out in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Canada’s Atlantic coast has begun.

St. John’s experienced a record-breaking one-day snowfall of 30 inches during the storm, snapping the previous record of 27 inches set in 1999. 

Tractor plows snow at the port in St. John's after snowstorm. Ship in the background moored.
Digging out at the port
View down to the port in St. John's Newfoundland after a major snowstorm. Containers visible as well as cargo ship.
Digging out at the port

The unbelievable accumulation has buried cars and homes, prompting the Canadian Armed Forces to be called in.

During a press conference Sunday afternoon, Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan said between 150 and 200 military personnel will be on the ground by the end of the day, a number that could rise to 300 in the coming days.

St. John’s airport cleared an airfield for medevac and military aircraft Sunday morning, but said commercial flight operations would not resume until at least 8 p.m.

Thousands of residents are without power as they attempt to dig out from a record-breaking snowfall before another storm hits the region Sunday night.

Another 6 inches of snow is forecast for tonight.

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