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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Council urges residents to take care in wintry spell

With wintry showers predicted over the coming days, Denbighshire County Council is urging people to be take care and to also keep an eye on their elderly relatives, neighbours and friends.

The Met Office today (Tuesday) has a weather warning in store for ice for North Wales, with the potential for wintry showers for the rest of the day.

The cold weather is expected to last until the end of the week when slightly milder weather is predicted. Further cold weather is then predicted for next week.

The council says it is monitoring weather forecasts and gritting teams have been working and are on stand-by to deal with the freezing temperatures.

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “We have teams of staff who work around the clock to monitor the potential for severe weather and will deploy teams to grit the county’s roads whenever the temperatures drop near the freezing point.

“We would urge people to take extra care If they are driving in any snow or icy conditions and to follow any advice issued by the authorities."

Meanwhile, the council is asking the public to keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives.

Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Health and Well-being, said: “If people have neighbours, friends or relatives that are unwell, they are encouraged to visit, making sure they have everything they need and to offer help with any daily tasks such as shopping. It is also important to check they are eating properly and keeping their property warm.

“You may be their only visitor they so they will appreciate your kindness and consideration.  The severe weather is getting closer and is likely to last over the coming days, so we want to make sure people do not feel vulnerable or isolated.

“Showing care and compassion towards the elderly or vulnerable will really make a difference to their quality of life."
* If you have any concerns about a vulnerable person, please call the Single Point of Access, on  0300 456 1000, or for out of hours, the Emergency Duty Team, on 0345 0533116. 

Information about any weather-related incidents or advice can be found on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and its website:

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