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The big freeze is here around Ripley and Heanor

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Motorists are advised to take care on the roads as snow falls around the region.

Icy conditions are expected throughout today, forecasters say, and it is expected to turn into rain at around 4pm.

However Derbyshire County Council says gritter drivers have been out in force over the weekend in a bid to keep the road network clear.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for highways and transport Cllr Simon Spencer, said: “We’ve got around 19,000 tonnes of grit in stock and we’ll be out across the county treating around 1,555 miles of roads – around half the roads we look after which is more than most councils.

“We use the latest weather forecasting technology and road temperature sensors to decide when our gritters need to go out and how much grit they need to spread, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on the conditions so that we can act quickly as and when we need to.”

Volunteers from across the county will be joining the snow effort again this year with more than 60 towns and parishes signed up to the county council’s Snow Wardens scheme.

Snow wardens grit and clear snow from pavements and public places in their communities, tell the county council about conditions on roads in their area and report empty grit bins. A list of participating councils is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/snowwardens.

And district and borough councils will also be helping to keep pavements clear in town centres.

The county council is responsible for maintaining more than 1,300 grit bins and heaps across the county. District, borough, town and parish councils are responsible for a further 1,100.

Residents can report a damaged or empty grit bin online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/gritbins, or by texting the grit bin number printed on the lid to 86555 or ringing Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190.

And they can also do their bit by clearing snow and ice outside their home.

Frontline health staff across Derbyshire are on alert to help protect vulnerable patients in their own homes as cold weather is predicted to continue into next week.

District nurses, health visitors and therapists working in the community as part of Derbyshire

Community Health Services NHS Trust’s team often provide a vital lifeline to elderly and vulnerable patients who may live alone.

Gill Levick, who leads health visiting services for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: “Our health visitors very often see patients in their own homes and will have a good insight into whether they are struggling to keep warm as the cold weather hits. So in the course of providing the treatment needed during the visit, they can also offer general tips about keeping warm.”

 

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