While strong winds have dropped, some homes and businesses continue to be affected, with issues around snow and ice too.
Emergency services, councils and utilities services continue to work together across North Yorkshire to deal with the aftermath of Storm Arwen. Whilst the strong winds have dropped, some homes and business are still being affected and there remain issues with snow and ice across much of the county.
Northern Powergrid continues to work to restore power to homes and businesses in the area. We know, however, that some homes in parts of North Yorkshire continue to be affected. The Northern Powergrid website has details of when affected areas are likely to have power restored – using a live interactive map.
The emergency services and councils across North Yorkshire continue to carry out checks on people who may need extra help, particularly in areas affected by power outages. This includes, for example, looking after those with specialist care needs to ensure they can get the help they need. Everyone can help to support this work by checking-in with elderly relatives, friends or neighbours.
The Met Office has issued a further weather warning for ice. It covers large parts of North Yorkshire. This will remain in place until Monday. Our highways teams has continued to treat priority roads overnight and this morning, with further work to clear snow and ice taking place throughout the day (Sunday). Drivers are urged to continue to take care, regardless of whether or not a road has been treated, but especially on more minor roads. Yesterday the highways teams, working alongside Fire Service colleagues, helped to clear obstructions from a number of routes in the county.
The response work is coordinated through the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum. This brings together all the organisations with a part to play in helping communities. Speaking on behalf of the Forum, Neil Irving, explained, “With an issue like this storm and the wintry weather that’s followed, it’s really important that we work together closely to make sure that those who need help are able to get it. Our joint response across emergency services, organisations delivering important infrastructure, and local councils providing support to people, mean that we’ve been able to combine and target our help more effectively.
“We expect to be hit by storms, snow and ice in the winter – but it’s important to realise that these weather events can cause real problems for people. That’s why it’s so important we work together in our response.”