Rescue teams prepared as more snow predicted

Edale Moutain Rescue Team tot he rescue in blizzard conditions.
Edale Moutain Rescue Team tot he rescue in blizzard conditions.
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MOUNTAIN rescue team volunteers are on stand-by after a busy weekend in the snow – with more wintry showers predicted.

Rescuers were called in on Sunday by Derbyshire County Council’s emergency planning staff after three families staying in holiday cottages on Bradwell Moor raised the alarm. They were snowed in and running out of food and supplies. After collecting food and supplies from the council, the rescue team drove up to the cottages in 4x4s – but even had to abandon their vehicles themselves, two kilometres away, and walk the last stretch.

A team spokesman said: “The families had a number of small children with them and were very pleased to see us.

“The team remains on standby for anything else the weather has in store.”

The day before volunteers had been called out to help a woman who ended up stranded in her car in Bradwell while she was delivering food for her granddaughter’s sixth birthday party.

And on Friday night they were summoned to dig out motorists stranded in their cars on the A619 between Chesterfield and Baslow. They spent ‘several hours’ digging, towing and transporting drivers away from the snow drifts.

The Woodhead Pass re-opened for trans-Pennine commuters yesterday morning after being closed since Friday – but had to be shut again after a car overturned.

A Highways Agency spokesman said teams had been working around the clock since Friday after heavy snow and strong winds made the road impassable in several places.

The Snake Pass remained closed.

Weather forecasters predict further Arctic blasts over the next few days. A MeteoGroup spokesman said: “There will be fresh easterly winds causing a significant wind chill. We expect more snow showers until Thursday.”