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More wet and cold weather to hit town

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

By JENNY MOODY

28/01/13 Flooding on A515 - A515, Sudbury
A515 Flooded at Sudbury, The road is now clear, however signs still state it is closed to traffic

28/01/13 Flooding on A515 - A515, Sudbury A515 Flooded at Sudbury, The road is now clear, however signs still state it is closed to traffic

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UTTOXETER residents are set to endure more freezing weather as snow and rain are again set to hit the town this week.

Weather forecasters have predicted snow will again return to Uttoxeter today after making its presence felt at the weekend.

However, sleet and heavy rain overnight will wash it away, leaving the town once again at risk of seeing roads submerged under puddles.

Tomorrow and Friday are predicted to be a lot drier with temperatures reaching seven degrees Celsius before light rain throughout the day on Saturday.

At the weekend Staffordshire County Council said its gritting and snow plough teams were out across the Staffordshire Moorlands, which covers Checkley, Tean and Alton, to help keep the roads clear.

Crews were out again on Sunday evening and overnight as more sleet and snow flurries forecast affected the wider county into Monday morning.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways chief Mike Maryon praised the work of the gritting crews.

He said: “Our highways crews have done a tremendous job gritting and clearing snow from the roads over the winter in the Moorlands and Peak District areas of the county.

“We get to as many roads as possible and sometimes people think the road has not been gritted, because the snow is still there.

“In fact, the grit just helps prevent snow sticking to the surface and makes our on-going gritting of routes even more effective.

“We are playing our part and residents can also play their part too by helping to clear local snow covered footways, checking on neighbours and driving carefully if they are out and about on our roads.”

The council said its priority gritting network covers around 43 per cent of its 6,000km highways and is much higher than many other local authorities.

Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of 55 gritters and 60 snow ploughs said they will work through the night to try to reduce the impact of further snow showers.

The latest winter information is available from the county council’s winter webpage at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/snow, or follow it on twitter at #wmgrit #staffsgrit #staffssnow.

Residents are reminded to check The Environment Agency website for flood warnings and alerts on the nearby rivers if heavy rain and snow continue across the week.

As of Tuesday, there were 26 flood warnings across Britain, with eight of those in the Midlands. The agency issued 200 flood alerts with 19 in the Midlands.

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