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North Yorkshire 'Coped Well' In Severe Weather


Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 6th March 2018.

'North Yorkshire coped well with the severe weather last week.'

That's according to the leader of the county council Councillor Carl Les. The snow and wind battered the UK from the east with the Yorkshire Coast in the firing line. 

Main roads around Scarborough weren't severely affected, but the weather did see the closure of the A171 between Scarborough and Whitby as well as the A169. 

Councillor Les said:

"We plan with our partners for severe weather, so we are equipped to ensure that everything possible is done to support residents in circumstances like last week’s extreme weather.

It’s at times like these when Yorkshire grit and resolve come to the fore. I am extremely grateful for this commitment, but at the same time I’m not surprised.

This is what our members of staff do when the need arises. This was an excellent example of co-operation all round with voluntary organisations, district councils and the emergency services.

I am very pleased that the County Council continued to deliver its services, not only in keeping the roads as clear as possible, but also in looking after vulnerable adults and children.

The weather did mean that, quite rightly, many of our schools had to close at some point for safety reasons.

We are grateful for the efforts of head teachers who worked tirelessly to keep children safe and parents informed.

Of course, it’s not just about public services. It’s about everyone playing their part, and I’m not surprised that so many people in North Yorkshire did just that.

We are very grateful to all those who looked out for their neighbours and to motorists for heeding the advice to travel only if necessary.

We realise some people are still feeling the effects of the weather, for example households in Ryedale that remained without power on Monday morning.

We have every sympathy with them and hope Northern Power will reconnect them as soon as possible.”

But now the concerns turn the possibility of flooding and the damage caused to roads. 

Councillor Les added:

"Flooding is going to be the first problem. The rivers don't seem to be getting too full but that's probably because the snow upon the hillsides hasn't melted yet. 

The longer term problem is the fact that frost and water get into the road surface wherever there's a crack and then that starts to create even more potholes. 

We have a long term plan for mending those but unfortunately at this time of year, you can only do a little bit of patch up."


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