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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Teams battle to clear show-blocked Cumbria roads

EMERGENCY services continued to be kept busy yesterday as they toiled to clear snow that was blocking a number of major roads in Cumbria.

STANDSTILL Cars were abandoned on the A595 between Barrow and Askam after the weekend’s snowfall

The heavy snow and strong winds that started on Friday left the A595 strewn with abandoned vehicles after drivers became stranded in snow that reached depths of 20ft in places.

North of Millom, the road remained closed throughout the weekend but police were finally able to allow motorists through just before 1pm yesterday.

A section of the A595, at Whicham Valley, was proving more time-consuming to clear but motorists were able yesterday to detour through Millom town centre.

As the roads slowly returned to normal, Chief Superintendent Don Spiller said: “I would like to say a big thank-you to all the communities who were affected by the weather this weekend.

“Although many communities are still affected by large amounts of snow today, power has now been restored and all those who were temporarily sheltering in Millom School have safely returned to their homes.”

More than 1,700 were affected by the power cuts that hit on Friday and hundreds of homes were without power until late on Sunday. Ch Supt Spiller added: “Local media were also very supportive and helped to ensure people were fully informed of the developing situation.”

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