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Derbyshire pulls together to battle the snow

Published: 14 March 2023

Derbyshire County Council’s Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, has praised council workers, the emergency services and volunteers for helping deal with the extreme weather conditions last week.

With some parts of the county experiencing 40cm of snow in a very short period of time roads were closed, as were many schools.

From Wednesday to Saturday midnight, we undertook 350 gritting route operations, using 2,150 tonnes of salt.

Councillor Lewis said:

“When the heavy snow hit, our road workers were out and about doing all they could to try to keep major roads open in very difficult conditions.

“We had many of our high routes across the Peak District closed and at times the only north south route open in the county was the A6.

“Many farmers work for us in extreme bad weather, and at one point we had more than 50 out clearing snow on some of our more rural roads.

“We saw some splendid work from volunteers across the county. Mountain Rescue were involved in finding people who got stuck in their cars and rescuing them.

“Derbyshire 4x4 Response also helped out, with the group driving for more than 1,700 miles, with 16 responders taking on 50 jobs. These included helping to free stuck vehicles, taking carers to their clients, and a doctor from Buxton Hospital to several emergency call-outs.

“Volunteer snow wardens were helping their communities, and district and borough councils have been helping to keep pavements in town centres clear.

“Colleagues from Derbyshire Police and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue were also involved in doing all they could to keep people safe. And our collective efforts were coordinated by the council’s emergency planning team, with highways colleagues coordinating the work of our gritter drivers.

“We know that many of our carers who work in homes for older people had very difficult journeys to get to work to care for some of our most vulnerable residents.

“It’s been wonderful to see our communities all pulling together and my personal thanks goes out to everyone who has been involved.”