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Caution Advised as Mercury set to Plummet Following Storm

People are being urged to prepare ahead of wintry weather hitting Leicestershire.

With overnight temperatures set to plummet to 0C and some surface water remaining in areas hit by flooding, residents and motorists are being asked to take extra care.

Leicester Time: Caution Advised as Mercury set to Plummet Following Storm
Picture: Leicestershire County Council

Leicestershire County Council’s highways team has attended around 250 jobs relating to flooding in the aftermath of Storm Henk and now with the temperatures dropping its gritting team will be out again tonight (Monday, January 8), treating priority routes.

County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, Ozzy O’Shea, said: “Our teams have been working hard to deal with flood related incidents on our highways. This includes closing roads to protect communities and residents’ properties, and to provide access for emergency services if needed.  We are doing our best to get all remaining closed roads open again.

“We also have our team of 23 gritters on hand to treat around 1,300 miles of highways when conditions get bad.

“However, we are also asking people to make sure they are prepared and take extra care as the drop in temperature combined with excess surface water may lead to icy conditions.”

This year, the council’s grit barns were stocked up with 18,500 tonnes of rock salt, ready to tackle the worst of the winter weather. 

More information on preparing for winter weather, including details of gritting routes, is available at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/winter-weather

Leicester Time: Caution Advised as Mercury set to Plummet Following Storm