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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Snow results in chaos on Cumbria roads

SNOW caused chaos on the roads of Cumbria.

Several main roads were blocked temporarily as snow and ice made them unsafe for motorists yesterday.

The Highways Agency was kept busy clearing the A590, as three gritters spent the day patrolling the route. Some people criticised the time it took to clear the road of snow and ice, but the agency said it had dedicated resources to the road.

A spokesman said: “They went out at 3am to grit all the Highways Agency’s roads in Cumbria.

“From 6am, there were three gritters solely on the A590, gritting when necessary.”

Furness Academy was forced to cancel an art revision session, and Ambleside Brownies had to call off a trip to Morecambe.

The Bay Search and Rescue announced on Twitter that it had taken the precaution of stationing a Land Rover in Grange, ready to assist emergency services if required.

However, for some, the weather provided an extra opportunity to have some fun.

Children armed with sledges played in the snow.

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