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‘At least the pot holes are filled in!’

Created on 03/03/2018 @ 09:00
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Powys County Council and other emergency services have worked wonders overnight to keep us connected with a majority of the Welshpool area’s main roads remaining open.

The snow fell, but not as heavy as we feared, allowing the council’s gritters to stay on top of the majority of problems that had brought some areas to a standstill over the previous 24 hours.

Readers showed their sense of humour by sending us their pictures throughout the day and one joked “the roads are actually better as at least the pot holes are filled in!”.

The Army were called in to assist with several emergencies through the night, while near Llanfyllin, two SP Energy Networks engineers stepped in to help an ambulance get to a patient.

With the road impassable and air ambulances grounded by high winds, Rob Turner and Guto Davies worked flat-out for 45 minutes to dig a way through a waist-high snowdrift so that medics could get to a dialysis patient in need of urgent transport.

They even had to winch an abandoned car out of the way and cut a chain on a gate to allow the ambulance through, before making sure they fixed the chain and gate after. The ambulance was able to make its way through for the vital treatment.

In Welshpool, fire fighters made a structure safe on Church Street, while some residents on Long Mountain are preparing for their fifth day without water.

2 to 5-day forecast

Sunday will have sunny spells and showers, these perhaps heavy with a slight chance of the odd thunderstorm. It will be largely dry overnight and for most of Monday, but there will be just the chance of a shower. This chance of the odd shower will continue overnight and through Tuesday, but most places should remain dry throughout.

6 to 10-day forecast

Temperatures not nearly as low next week, but there will nonetheless be a few cold nights. Areas of precipitation migrating around the UK will bring wet and at times breezy weather along with a snow risk, but the chance of accumulating snow to low elevations will be much lower than this week.

PICTURE: The Town Centre during the early hours taken by Welshpool Police.


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