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So how was that for you? were you snowed in or did you only have a few flakes?
For us it was an eye-opener! We are not far off the beaten track yet for 2 days we were snowed in, well our cars were, we however were more than capable of walking the mile or so to the shops and thankfully the wonderful shop staff had made it to work.
But truthfully we were not prepared for this snow and who was?
This winter was serious yet there was very little provision or thought put into caring for homelessness, safety on the roads, attendance for school, grit was not in buckets and many streets were left blocked, elderly could not get out and many shops couldn't get deliveries.
Everyone still wanted to drive and that just wasn't possible, local roads were shut not because there was too much snow but because cars had been abandoned by drivers that thought they could and should drive in over a foot of snow. So why did no-one take the snow warning seriously?
Do you think that the fact that the media have been threatening 6ft of snow since November and also every winter since the last huge snowfall (2010) has something to do with it?. It never happened 99% of those times so who would of expected it to happen last week. Time and time again the newspapers and TV give us immanent danger warnings for weather with no follow through in reality. Their shock headlines seem more important that facts and over zealous reporting has led to more problems than honest straight forward information giving. Perhaps the media should stop crying wolf so we can take the weather seriously when we need to?
Many thanks to all the Police, Doctors, Nurses, Ambulance, Fire brigade, carers, shop keepers, café owners etc. and all the local heroes that mucked in with clearing snow, checking on neighbours, providing food, care and shelter and generally looking after their community.
The snow became an amazing opportunity to show what humanity is capable of and also provided a fun time for all the family to get out and enjoy sledging and snowballs. Even with the down sides a snow-day or two does wonders for morale!
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