Beast from the East

Council bosses say it is too early to say what the financial implications are of a missed week of work on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road due to the Beast from the East.

The snow has melted and life is relatively back to normal...for Norfolk anyway.

Praise has been heaped on young farmers who rushed to the aid of ambulance crews stranded in last week’s snow - thanks in part to a clever bit of admin.

The Beast from the East caused havoc for many of our region’s roads, however one road was shut for much longer than others.

A Fakenham man, hailed a local super hero following his actions during the heavy snowfall, has been left “livid” after vandals damaged the truck he used to help his community.

Ambulance first responders from the Stalham and Smallburgh group have spoken about rescuing a man in his 70s from his car during the cold spell.

This is the moment a car lost control and crashed on the A47 as the Beast from the East weather front swept the region.

North Norfolk residents have had a stark reminder of the beauty, danger and sheer force of the weather recently as the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ brought snow, subzero temperatures and chilly winds.

Engineers from Suffolk Highways are preparing for all-out war with the county’s potholes over the next few weeks after recent snow and ice.

This is the scene at a popular Norfolk beach where wild weather has completely stripped it down to the clay.

A task force is hitting the road to fill potholes caused by the winter cold snap.

A voluntary lifeboat service in a village near Great Yarmouth is unable to launch following severe coastal erosion.

Theatre-goers who missed performances of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal due to the extreme bad weather are to be reimbursed with part of the value of their tickets.

Staff at Norfolk’s GP surgeries slept in staff rooms, drove patients home, and conducted appointments over the phone from their stricken cars in a bid to keep services running during the big freeze.

A family who were so horrified by the amount of litter they found while out sledging have helped to inspire a clean-up of a Norwich beauty spot.

The Beast from the East may have passed and the snow may have mostly melted, but the white stuff still needed to be cleared to allow the trains to run.

As the snow turns to slush, many people will be relieved at being able to get their lives back to normal.

East Midlands trains have announced it will be resuming its regular timetable from Monday, March 5.

This weeks extreme weather has generated a huge amount of fantastic video. Take a look at some of the best clips we have published over the past few days.

Five men have been dubbed #localsuperheroes for travelling around north Norfolk helping stranded drivers during the cold spell.

The snow and ice is clearing from Norfolk’s roads as temperatures rise, but police have urged drivers to still take extra care.

A group of determined villagers came together to help free an ambulance trapped in a snow drift.

A worried father was given a snowplough escort along the A140 to rescue his freezing children as the heating broke in their home.

These wonderful wintry pictures show residents at World Horse Welfare’s Norfolk sanctuary enjoying the snow.

A family-of-four who were left with no heating in their home for seven days after numerous delays with fuel delivery now have to cope with a burst pipe.

A man who got out of his car in sub-zero conditions to help a fellow motorist has died after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Battling through drifting snow and treacherous roads, a 20 minute job for one East of England Ambulance team turned into a nine hour “Arctic expedition” as they trekked for three miles over fields with equipment tied to sledges.

Animal sanctuaries and charities across the region will struggle with the impact of the snow for a long time after it has thawed.

Norwich’s life-saving SOS bus will not be out tonight - because of the weather.

Drivers have been warned that melting snow and ice will lead to the possibility of flooding and surface water on Norfolk’s roads.

Farmers have again been hard at work this morning to keep the A140 clear after more snow fell overnight.

The Beast from the East is still causing havoc on public transport networks across the region.

The Beast from the East might have brought chaos and disruption to the region’s road and rail networks - but it has also helped police in King’s Lynn catch some crooks.

Motorists in the county are still being urged to only travel if necessary after fresh snowfall overnight while there is also a warning for pub and club goers looking to venture out tonight.

They have had already had to contend with snow, ice and freezing conditions but now people living in the west of the county face the threat of flooding.

Weather delays work on A47

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Beast from the East means delays on the A47 until May at least.

Railway tracks have become submerged in snow making passage impossible.

One minute you leave your car, the next you come back and notice it has been submerged by snow...

Who said it was too cold to cut the grass?

A woman who has waited five years to get married has described her disbelief that her big day was somewhat derailed by the Beast from the East.

A builder had his own personal battle with Storm Emma when he was nearly swept away by a brutal gust of wind.

A flood alert has been issued for parts of the Norfolk coastline, with warnings about strong winds and crashing waves as the Beast from the East continues to bite.

The worst seems to be over as a long thaw sets in.

With severe weather continuing to batter the region, the crew of the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat used the stormy conditions and driving snow as the perfect opportunity to put their rough weather boat handling skills to the test.

Could these teenagers be the next British Winter Olympic stars?

A community litter pick has been moved due to the adverse weather conditions.

An open weekend at a Victorian School museum has been postponed due to the weather.

A pair of intrepid farmers came to a care home’s aid after a huge build up of snow left them unable to receive crucial deliveries of medication.

The A144 Halesworth to Bungay has reopened after more than 12-hours.

Waveney District Council’s bin collection teams could now start the process of catching up by resuming the refuse collection service tomorrow (Saturday).

Suffolk police are continuing to work with a number of partner organisations as they keep the county moving in the “very difficult and challenging” conditions.

Animals at a RSPCA centre are being kept safe and warm as West Norfolk continues to freeze.

Two farmers braved the freezing temperatures and drifting snow overnight in an effort to clear the A140.

A flood alert has been issued for parts of Norfolk due to stormy weather conditions.

The Beast from the East has forced the cancellation of tonight’s Everything Everything gig at the UEA LCR and tomorrow’s concert by The Overtones as well as Britpop Reboot and Mist at the Waterfront.

Officers in Norfolk have dealt with nearly 2,000 snow related incidents since the Beast from the East swept in sub-zero conditions.

A digger clearing a Norfolk road became caught in a snow drift.

Staff at the county’s community healthcare trust have spoken out over the hard work of those staff who struggled into work through the snow.

A charity football match, which was scheduled to take place in Lowestoft on Sunday, has been postponed until next month.

It was the moment some keen ice skaters have been waiting years for.

With freezing temperatures, fierce winds and more snow than anyone could have predicted, the Beast from the East is wreaking havoc on the county. If your home or vehicle has been left needing repairs due to the bad weather, making sure you take the time to find the right trader is extremely important.

Farmers were out in force across East Anglia this week, battling the elements to tend their livestock and help stranded motorists as the icy chill of the Beast from the East gripped the region. CHRIS HILL and SARAH CHAMBERS report.

A 45-strong team worked through the night to clear snow from fragile poly-tunnels built to protect north Norfolk’s strawberry crop.

Waveney District Council aims to resume bin collections on Monday after the “treacherous conditions” forced them to cancel refuse collections for a third successive day.

With more snow set to fall on frozen roads across Norfolk, police fire and council chiefs have been meeting to try and keep the county moving - and safe.

A woman says her elderly aunt and dozens of other residents were left cold and helpless after a power outage at a sheltered housing complex.

Heavy snowfall is causing widespread disruption across the region but personnel at RAF Lakenheath have been working hard to keep the base operational ready.

Parts of Norfolk and Waveney could see more snow today as the Beast from the East rumbles on.

The cold weather has brought out the community spirit this morning (Friday) in west Norwich.

While the heavy snow has left many people inside with nothing but coffee and TV, Dave Rowntree decided there was no point holding on for tomorrow to get out of his country house.

Kindhearted staff at a care home have gone to marathon efforts to keep the home operating safely during the big freeze.

We spoke to one headteacher who explained to us the complex decision making process behind closing a school.

Thanks to the hard work of farmers and businesses part of the A140 has been cleared of snow - but motorists are urged to only drive if absolutely necessary.

Updated Latest on First Bus services

Friday, March 2, 2018

Here is the latest on First Bus services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

People will have to wait a bit longer for their bins to be emptied, with collections across most of Norfolk once again cancelled because of the weather.

It is not just humans who need to be prepared in the snow - so do our four-legged friends.

Even aardvarks can enjoy the snow, as young Dobby QJ shows.

Broadcaster Jake Humphrey is offering rescue and shopping trips for those struggling with the blizzard conditions.

Police are urging motorists to only drive if it is an emergency, as snowdrifts are leaving West Norfolk roads in treacherous condition.

Households across Norfolk and Suffolk could be in for a special extra payment from the government because of the Beast from the East.

The widespread snow across East Anglia could start melting over the weekend as temperatures rise above freezing.

The A134 between Thetford and Mundford is reportedly open in both directions after it was blocked by snow.

While worsening, snowy conditions bring out the best in most drivers, some don’t do themselves or other road-users any favours by showing a lack of care and common sense, says motoring editor Andy Russell.

Major routes in Norfolk and Waveney remain impassable this morning (Friday) as snowdrifts and treacherous ice put those on the roads at risk.

The continuing cold weather is causing disruption in the Great Yarmouth area with trains cancelled, bin collections postponed and schools closed.

Police are warning drivers in Norfolk and Suffolk to only travel if it is necessary as treacherous conditions continue,

It may have caused temperatures to hit sub-zero but reaction to the Beast from the East has warmed hearts as community spirit shone through.

Do not travel unless it is an emergency - that was the message from police in Norfolk this morning as snowdrifts and high winds caused chaos on the roads overnight.

More than 430 schools across the region will remain closed today (Friday) due to poor weather conditions.

Villagers are not letting the Beast from the East dampen their community spirit, as many check up on their neighbours and the vulnerable to make sure they’re ok.

It is normally one of Norfolk’s busiest roads which is filled with traffic travelling between Norwich and Ipswich, often much to annoyance of motorists and residents.

An army of gritter lorries and tractors have been working throughout the the day to clear the snow from the county’s roads - and work is set to continue into the night as the treacherous conditions caused by the Beast from the East continue.

A jackknifed lorry is blocking a rural Norfolk road.

Ambulance crews travelled for hours to get into work and stayed well past the end of their shifts to ensure patients stayed safe while the region was gripped with heavy snowfall.

Norwich Theatre Royal has said it is currently agreeing “a gesture of goodwill” for ticket holders who are unable to make it to this week’s performances of Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella due to the extreme weather conditions.

With all schools across Waveney being forced to close today (Thursday) – many for the second successive day – 11 schools in the district have already announced closures for tomorrow.

The number of patients visiting A&E with injuries sustained from “slips and falls” has risen since the Beast from the East took hold of the region.

While snow is causing chaos across the borough, in Gorleston the wind is also creating disruption, bringing a tree crashing down and damaging a shop sign on the High Street.

A pensioner has praised a community bus driver for going the extra mile – defying the snow to get her to hospital for an operation.

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