Snow ploughs working flat out

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

SNOW ploughs and gritters have been working around the clock in Somerset in preparation for tonight 's (Wed) severe weather conditions.

SNOW ploughs and gritters have been working around the clock in Somerset in preparation for tonight's (Wed) severe weather conditions.

With heavy snowfall across the region overnight and icy conditions forecast, services in the area are operating flat out to maintain essential services.

Somerset County Council has put to use all 23 gritters to treat major routes throughout the district and an additional 10 lorries and 37 farmers' vehicles fitted with snow ploughs have been helping to clear roads.

The council are advising road users to be prepared for difficult driving conditions, especially on higher ground where drifting may have occurred.

Somerset County Council's highways manager, Geoff Dight, said: "Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight so driving conditions will become more difficult as the snow freezes."

Out of 274 schools in Somerset 240 were today closed due to the adverse weather conditions.

The council's social care staff are working with care providers to make sure support reaches vulnerable and older people.

Providers were also contacted earlier in the week to make sure they had contingency plans in place and had identified their most vulnerable clients.

People already receiving care at home will have contact numbers for their providers and are asked to bear in mind that there may be some delays as carers find it harder than usual to get to their appointments.

For information about receiving care at home call the council on 0845 345 9133.

Other services affected by the snow:

Waste and recycling collections in Somerset will resume as soon as the weather permits.

Day Care services and the Active Living Network have been postponed pending improved weather conditions.

Somerset County Council's mobile library service has been cancelled for today and books will be automatically renewed until the next visit.

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