As snow continues to fall and drift across Tendring making conditions very difficult, residents are being reminded again to take extra precautions.
Winds have caused significant snow drifts in some areas of the District, including on some major routes, which have been compounded by further snowfall which is heavier than first forecast.
A Met Office yellow warning for snow which had been lifted for today (Thursday, March 1) was reinstated earlier this morning. A yellow warning for snow and ice is in place for Friday, and for ice only on Saturday, as of Thursday morning. As always, the forecast is liable to change, and people are strongly urged to keep monitoring it.
Residents are reminded to keep wrapped up warm and to check on vulnerable people in their communities. Tendring District Council’s Careline is continuing to operate with the assistance of some partners, but is very busy.
Businesses are urged to think about the welfare of their staff, and to consider closing early to allow colleagues time to travel home early if necessary.
Tendring District Council (TDC) closed its offices at 11am today to allow those staff who are not already home working to make the journey home before conditions potentially worsen. Essential services will continue, and many TDC staff are working remotely.
Public toilets have been closed as some are beginning to freeze up, and waste collections are suspended at this time. In both instances the situation will continue to be monitored, with a view to recommencing the services as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so.
For the latest on TDC services visit our Winter Weather page.
Travel conditions are difficult across Tendring as of Thursday morning. Many rural routes are impassable due to snow drifts, compounded by abandoned cars, while even some major routes are proving dangerous.
Drivers should only travel if essential. If you must drive, then be prepared – make sure you have warm clothes and a blanket, food and water, a charged mobile phone, and a shovel. If you do have to abandon your journey, make sure you car is parked and clear of the main route, so that snow ploughs can continue to operate.
Lynda McWilliams, Cabinet Member for Health and Education including Emergency Planning at TDC, praised all those who were helping to keep the District running during the snowfall and to all those who had taken heed of previously issued safety advice.
“I know many TDC staff have been out doing their bit and working hard to keep services running,” she said, “and there have been many lovely reports on social media of people getting out in their communities to help stranded drivers.
“While other parts of the UK have been issued with the highest Met Office red warning for snow – and our thoughts are with those bracing themselves – we in Tendring must not take our eye off the ball and continue to monitor the situation carefully.
“Once again I urge people to stay inside unless necessary, to check on the vulnerable within their communities, and to keep an eye on the forecast. Most importantly, do not underestimate the power of the weather.”