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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Snow stranded drivers on A595 Cumbria receive shelter in Millom area

DRIVERS stranded by snow on the A595 in Cumbria were hoping to be reunited with their cars today (Sunday) after spending a second night being put up in the Millom and Bootle area.

Last night 25 people who had abandoned cars in the area received shelter in local hotels in Millom, 10 people received shelter at The Brown Cow Inn at Waberthwaite and two people at the Kings Arms at Bootle.

This morning (Sunday) the police and partner agencies will try to reunite these people with their cars today as they try to clear the roads.

Police opened up a reception centre at Millom School on Friday night and Saturday to help those unable to complete their journeys on the A595 and other routes due to the bad weather.

Around 70 people sought shelter at the school on Friday night, with more staying in local hotels. Another dozen or so took refuge at the Brown Cow Inn, on the side of the A595 at Waberthwaite, after becoming stranded.

Emergency services worked during the night to offer assistance to those caught out by the snowfall and strong winds. Police say they have received around 1,500 requests for help due to the weather since Friday morning.

Gary Parsons, Bay Search and Rescue station officer, said the team helped 72 motorists who had become trapped along the A595 by the snowfall.

He added: "We have been working for nearly 24 hours. We slept on the floor of Millom fire station – it's not the Hilton you know.

Fresh snow overnight into Saturday and snow drifts meant the team was finding it was as deep as 14ft in places. 

Residents in Millom said they were "more or less cut off" by the snow – with train links to Barrow the only means of transport available.

Landlord at the Brown Cow Inn Phil Chapman said the snow was 8ft deep outside.

"We can't go anywhere," he said. "We are completely trapped and we have had no electric since about 3 or 4pm yesterday afternoon. We are just sat in front of the fire."

He said there was enough food to keep everyone going but there are people who want to get home to be with their families. However, it is not known when the roads will be clear enough for people to leave.

 

 

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I was born in Millom 1940 and left in 1959. I never saw anything like this, i heard about 1947 but dont think it was as bad as this. hope everyone is ok

Posted by Annette Turnbul (nee Fitzwilliam on 27 March 2013 at 20:56

To Jackie Miller....What measures should have been put in place to prevent 15 foot snowdrifts??? Yes this snow was perdicted,but nothing like this!! If you can suggest anything that could hav e been done to prevent this,I think you should consider becoming an MP!!

Posted by Haverigg Local on 27 March 2013 at 10:44

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