Advocate says Vancouver must help snowbound disabled
A senior who was stuck in her home for a week because she couldn't get around the piles of snow in Vancouver is disgusted that the city hasn't done a better job clearing the streets.
Sixty-eight-year-old Florence Corbett says she was finally able to get out this morning after her landlord arranged for someone to give her a ride to a bus stop so she could get to the bank to pay her rent - five days late.
But Corbett, who suffers from emphysema and uses a scooter, says a snow bank was so impassable that she fell when she got off the bus.
Shelley Houston, program director of the B.C. Coalition of People with Disabilities, says others have also been shut indoors for days and unable to get groceries because of the snow.
Houston says the only social contact many disabled people have is when they're doing their regular errands such as getting a loaf of bread.
Houston says she is considering speaking to city officials about providing resources for people who become isolated during massive snowfalls.