Communities respond to support stranded drivers

Posted on: 1 March 2018

Three community rest shelters have opened as emergency respite for drivers and passengers stuck in snow this evening, Thursday 1 March.

Traffic came to a halt late this afternoon on Haldon Hill, and there are currently vehicles stuck at Okehampton that can go no further.

The communities of Chudleigh, Kenn and the college at Okehampton have come forward offering their support to those stranded.

Devon County Council is thanking the communities for their incredible support.

At Chudleigh, the Town Council has opened the Town Hall to provide refreshments, blankets and sleeping bags for those stuck for the evening.

In Kenn, the Parish Council has opened its Community Hall, and is providing warm, safe shelter, with refreshments to those that need it. Sleeping bags too, for anyone with no where else to go.

And in Okehampton, the Community College is opening its doors, with staff sourced by Devon County Council to welcome drivers and passengers that have been stuck in their vehicles.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for highway management said:

“It’s an amazing response from the local communities, to offer their support to people in their time of need.”

The Council and its statutory and voluntary sector partners are continuing to work hard to keep people safe and moving this evening.

Devon County Council is reminding people of the following advice:

• Avoid overnight travel as roads are expected to be hazardous this evening with less traffic, colder temperatures and freezing rain;

• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell;

• Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over. NHS Choices has more information on staying healthy during cold weather;

• Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions and ensure you are stocked with food and medications

• Check out any school closures and sign up for alerts for any school by clicking on ‘Alert Me’.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council visit: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel or for updates on Twitter follow @DevonAlert

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