Yorkshire’s communities come together after severe weather warnings

Vehicles on Salt Pit at Denholme stuck in flood water

Storm Darcey has hit parts of Yorkshire causing major disruption to roads and houses

There are currently seven flood and heavy snow warnings in place across West, North, and East Yorkshire with many more weather alerts scattered across the region.

Torrential downpours led to police blocking flooded roads and residents in Drighlington were left fearing for their safety with cars underwater and walls on the verge of collapse.

Heavy snow has impacted people’s essential travels

This had led communities to gather together to help reduce the level of snow

Gritter Paul Dyson, whose known by friends and family as ‘Mr. Grit’ has been working over 100 hours a week clearing Yorkshire roads from snow and ice.

“Stay indoors everybody, the standard of driving is abysmal” Dyson warned his followers

Paul’s private gritting firm ‘Gritting Direct’ has kept essential public sector and private businesses running safely with 75 tons of rock salt to combat adverse weather conditions.

He states his team has been working harder and longer to recover roads from the heavy snowfall.

Some railway lines were blocked between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate due to flooding, and Cross Country Trains said some services may take a direct route between York and Sheffield to avoid the area.

A Leeds student Miguel Arrojo who is also an essential worker said he “can barely get out of his house because of the snow”

He explains the weather is so bad in Bingley, the lake has frozen over and the surrounding area is deserted.

While residents took to Twitter to warn their followers

Some of Yorkshire’s residents took to Twitter to warn their followers

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have also seen one of their busiest weekends due to excessive snowfall causing flooding in Otley and Holmfirth.

“We’re doing everything they can to protect our community” said a spokesperson on Twitter

The Met Office also warned that there could be some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, with icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

Amber warning for snow:

– Sheffield

– Doncaster

Yellow warning for snow:

– Leeds

– Bradford

– Grimsby

– Scarborough

– Bridlington

– Northallerton

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