Snow continues to cause problems in the High Peak

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Snow drifts up to 20 feet high are still causing problems on Derbyshire roads.

Derbyshire County Council staff and volunteers have battled over the last 72 hours dealing with some of the most severe weather conditions in recent times but the weather is still causing significant problems in the High Peak, the northern part of the Derbyshire Dales, around Ashbourne and other areas in Derbyshire that are high and exposed.

The council is working to keep A roads clear in the north of the county – but as roads are cleared snow is blowing across them again. Many B roads and rural roads however, remain closed.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Councillor Simon Spencer, said: “Our advice is not to travel north of Ashbourne and Bakewell and on into the High Peak, or on any high and exposed routes. Many roads are closed - we are doing what we can to keep the A roads open.

“My thanks go to our gritting crews who have worked extremely hard in trying conditions. Thanks also to our countryside rangers, rangers from the Peak Park and volunteers from Peak 4 x 4 we have kept our home care service going – making sure that elderly and vulnerable people continue to receive the vital service that we provide.”

Derbyshire Police have also thanked local mountain rescue teams and members of the community for their help over the weekend.

Police continue to take a high number of weather related incidents, especially in more rural parts of the county, with the some of the worst affected areas being in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Heavy snowfall on Friday evening made many roads in the area impassable, including the A515 between Ashbourne and Buxton where dozens of motorists became stuck due to drifts and jack knifed lorries.

Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams helped police to check that drivers were safe and offered assistance, along with a number of local farmers with tractors who worked with highways to clear as much of the road as possible.

The police helicopter was also called out to help a woman who had fallen and broken both of her wrists at Hartington, on Sunday, March 24, as vehicles were unable to get through.

Crews transported a paramedic over to the woman, and then both the woman and the paramedic back to an ambulance.

Chief Inspector Tracy Harrison, from the force’s contact management department, said: “The heavy snow fall has meant a higher number of calls to police throughout the county, with numerous reports of motorists becoming stranded as they travelled through the Peak District.

“We would like to thank mountain rescue teams and all local volunteers for their valued assistance in helping to clear the roads and keep motorists safe, especially at a time when emergency services are stretched due to the volume of calls.”