White-out weekend makes for snow fun

nrhnbutterleyres201204, Snow scenes butterley res, Ripley
nrhnbutterleyres201204, Snow scenes butterley res, Ripley

SNOW and ice caused problems in Ripley and Heanor as temperatures dropped as low as minus four as snow fell at the weekend.

Recycling collections were delayed on Monday, but main roads remained open after four inches of snow fell in eight hours in the region on Saturday afternoon.

Snowmen - need confirming

Snowmen - need confirming

On Sunday, the Met Office issued an amber warning as thawing snow left dangerous ice patches on the roads.

Derbyshire County Council enlisted the help of around 30 farmers and other contractors to help keep the roads clear.

The authority’s cabinet member for highways and transport Cllr Simon Spencer, said: “We used around 12,000 tonnes of grit this weekend. We still have plenty – around 16,000 tonnes – but we’ve ordered more to keep stocks topped up.

“Some grit bins are now empty following the weekend’s snowfall and we’ll be refilling them as quickly as we can. We’d urge people to take care out on the roads as the snow thaws and temperatures drop bringing a risk of black ice.”

nrhnbutterleyres201201, Snow scenes butterley res, Ripley

nrhnbutterleyres201201, Snow scenes butterley res, Ripley

The freezing conditions made for hazardous driving on Rykneild Road in Kilburn earlier in the week as overflowing water from a blocked drain left a sheet of ice on the steep road.

Resident Geoffrey Lane, 68, said:

“There’s been a couple of cars that have come down here sideways – the ice seems to be right on the brow of the hill.”

Water company Severn Trent attended to unblock the drain and place hazard signs on the road on Wednesday morning.

nrhnbutterleyres201203, Snow scenes butterley res, Ripley

nrhnbutterleyres201203, Snow scenes butterley res, Ripley

A spokesman for Amber Valley Borough Council said recycling collections on less gritted roads continued to be hampered when the News went to press.

The spokesman said: “If we are not able to collect your waste or recycling today, please leave your containers available for another two days .”

Meanwhile, families took the opportunity to have a spot of winter fun over the weekend. The Gibsons of Brook Lane, Ripley, made a family of snowmen on their driveway.

Dad Craig, 37, who runs his own joinery business, said he and wife Liz, 29, and their two children Ben, four, and Daniel, three, make impressive frosty figures every time it snows. He added: “It’s just a bit of fun - it’s good to get the family involved and get us all together.”

nrhn 090212 Submitted pictures'Frosty family: The  Gibsons, top left, of Brook Lane, Ripley made a family of snowmen on their driveway.

nrhn 090212 Submitted pictures'Frosty family: The Gibsons, top left, of Brook Lane, Ripley made a family of snowmen on their driveway.

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