News : City's 311 Call Centre Receives Exceptional Number of Calls
Jan 16, 2014 -- It’s been what the city calls an "exceptional winter" and on Wednesday, it received an exceptional number of calls.
The city reports the massive amount of snow plus unseasonably warm weather resulted in a record number of calls made to 311.
Nearly 8,800 calls were made to the call centre Wednesday, well above the average of 1,200 calls that come in during a normal day.
While wait times to speak with an operator averaged half an hour, some callers had to wait 45 minutes, reports the city.
To help alleviate the crunch, a dedicated snow page has been created on calgary.ca/snow with quick links to the online service request page for concerns dealing with roads, sidewalks, pathways, walkways and transit platforms.
Calgarians are also able to download the 311 Calgary Mobile Application to submit snow and ice complaints.
"By using the online system or the app, you’re populating our database immediately with that critical information, but also saving yourself a lengthy wait on the phone," said Sean Somers, with the city’s transportation department.
"Most people don’t realize that citizens are using the exact same intake system that the 311 agents would be using had they called 311 to request it."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, January 20, 2014