Charlottetown's public works chairman says every available piece of equipment is out today digging the city out from Wednesday's blizzard.
"It's unbelievable,'' Terry Bernard said Thursday morning. "It's going down like a winter we've never had before. We're trying to get through it and we're doing the best we can.''
An estimated 54 centimetres fell on the P.E.I. capital with winds gusting late into Wednesday around 100 kilometres an hour. Winds are still strong today, hampering efforts to open streets and then keep them open.
Bernard said crews weren't able to get equipment out until this morning, making roads to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital their first priority.
"It's heavy going. They're getting (the main roads) open now but there's still a lot of subdivision roads that haven't been open yet and it's going to take some time.''
While efforts are being made to open primary and secondary roads in the city, with the weight of the heavy packed snow and the drifting, Bernard said the cycle today has been open main roads, then get into the subdivisions and then back to re-open the main roads.
While RCMP are asking the public to stay off all roads, Bernard says they would really like people to stay out of the downtown, if possible.
"We would like people to (avoid downtown). There is just no parking downtown. We've got 54 centimetres of snow pushed to the sides so there's just no parking (and) all the downtown roads aren't opened yet.''
As was the case with all that snow that hit Charlottetown in December, it's going to take time to completely dig out from this one.
As far as the downtown core goes, it could take five days to complete clear streets and sidewalks.
"We still have a lot of work to do,'' he said.