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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Council says it's ready for the snow

Look after your elderly

neighbours is the advice

Denbighshire County Council is gearing up for the snow predicted to affect the North Wales region later this week.

The Met Office has issued an amber warning of heavy snow and freezing temperatures, with the potential of disruption to the Denbighshire area and the council is advising people to keep an eye on the weather forecasts for up to date predictions and to take the necessary precautions.

The council says it is monitoring the situation closely, with the highways department geared up to deal with any potential problems on the county's roads when the snow arrives.  In the meantime, the council says it will continue to undertake precautionary salting.

The council currently has 7,000 tonnes of grit in stock, this compares with 4,500 tonnes of salt that is used in a normal winter.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: "The council is fully prepared to deal with the wintry weather.

"As is the nature of weather, we cannot be precise about how badly our county will be affected. With prior warning we can ensure that we do as much as possible to be prepared and to inform people to take the necessary precautions, should the severe weather affect us as is predicted for Friday."

Meanwhile, the council is calling on people to keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable, especially during the bad weather.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Social Care and Well-being, said: "It is vitally important that will freezing weather is forecast, people should keep an eye on their elderly friends, neighbours and relatives.

"Calling in to make sure they are warm enough, have enough food and are generally well is important and can be a lifeline to those who may not have people they can call upon living nearby."

Any information related to the weather will be published on the council's website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk, on the council's Facebook page or on Denbighshire's Twitter feed.

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