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Communities come together as snowdrifts cause more disruptions

PUBLISHED: 10:21 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:26 01 March 2018

Three lorries got stuck on the A134 at Two Mile Bottom near Thetford due to snow drifts. Picture: @BrecklandPolice

Three lorries got stuck on the A134 at Two Mile Bottom near Thetford due to snow drifts. Picture: @BrecklandPolice

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The community are out in force this morning helping one another as the Beast from the East continues to cause disruptions across Norfolk.

The snow drift on the A134 Two Mile Bottom near Thetford which caused three lorries to become stuck. Picture: @BrecklandPoliceThe snow drift on the A134 Two Mile Bottom near Thetford which caused three lorries to become stuck. Picture: @BrecklandPolice

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With the A1066 reduced to one lane, staff at Mervyn Lambert Plant Hire in South Lopham have braved the cold to help organise the traffic.

Similarly, workers at Thelveton Estate used their vehicles to drag several drivers out of snow drifts on Dark Lane in Diss.

Diss resident, Karen Calton, posted on Facebook that two men knocked on her door at 3.30am last night after being stranded in a snow drift since 9pm.

Three lorries got stuck on the A134 at Two Mile Bottom near Thetford due to snow drifts. Picture: @BrecklandPoliceThree lorries got stuck on the A134 at Two Mile Bottom near Thetford due to snow drifts. Picture: @BrecklandPolice

She said: “They decided to sleep in their car but got so cold they made the decision to try and walk the three miles home.

“Half way home, and after walking through drifts, going across fields and only dressed in jackets and walking boots, thankfully they saw lights on at our house and came to the door.

“The battery on their mobile had gone. They were frozen, and dehydrated. Frightening.”

The A140 is closed between Long Stratton and Pulham due to lorries stuck in snow drifts along the road and the A143 is blocked in Scole.

South Norfolk Police tweeted: “Snow drifts are becoming a problem as the wind picks up.”

Norfolk Police added: “While roads may look clearer today conditions are worse than yesterday because road surfaces are extremely icy - this and snow drifts is making driving conditions very treacherous.”

Drivers are being urged to stay off the roads and take blankets, outdoor clothes, food and drink with them by the East of England Ambulance Service in case of a break down.

Boots on Mere Street in Diss has opened its doors though the pharmacist is urging customers get everything they need as soon as possible as the shop will only be open for a few hours.

Hermes courier Tony Pod, who services Mid Suffolk, wrote on Facebook: “Sadly to inform you there won’t be any parcels today if you have done the next day delivery I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it because of the lorry hasn’t turned up I will try and get the parcels to you as soon as I can Friday Saturday and maybe Sunday for the backlog.”

South Norfolk Council have announced they will not be emptying any bins today and hope to work on Saturday and Monday to catch those which have been missed.

Also, Diss, Long Stratton and Hethersett Leisure Centres are closed today.

Have you seen any acts of kindness in the snow? Is there someone going out of their way to help others and deserves some recognition? Let Harriet know by calling 07966 778829


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