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Heavy snow and strong winds cause problems throughout Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

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Homes expected to be reconnected

Homes across Dumfries and Galloway that have been without power since Friday, due to the snow storms, are expected to be reconnected today.

Engineers have been working around the clock to reach remote parts of the region to reconnect power lines that have been damaged by the snow.

At the peak of the problems, around 10,000 homes were left in darkness.

The main concern now is for farmers who have lost livestock, with many of them being buried under the snow.

Hundreds of pregnant sheep are still to be found.

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Scottish Power to 'provide hotel accommodation'

Scottish Power has announced that it is providing hotel accommodation to any customers that are expected to remain without power this evening.

Around 300 households in Dumfries and Galloway are still without power but Scottish Power said it should be able to restore electricity there "in the near future".

The company said it has more than 300 engineers in the Wigtownshire and Barrhill areas of western Scotland, and that they are encountering "some of the most difficult conditions they have ever faced".

Scottish Power offer cut-off customers overnight accommodation

"We have had over 300 engineers working in the Wigtownshire and Barrhill areas today.

"We have also contacted customers throughout the day and offered hotel accommodation for anyone who was due to remain off supply into this evening.

“We would again like to thank customers for the patience they have shown, and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Our engineers have encountered some of the most difficult conditions they have ever faced attempting to restore supplies.

"We would also like to thank staff at Dumfries and Galloway Council and Transport Scotland for the support they have provided.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Power

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Farmer devastated as sheep buried in snow

Scottish Power engineers are battling to re-connect homes in Dumfries and Galloway who have been without electicity since Friday morning.

Local authorities are keeping community centres open to provide hot meals to those still cut off, but many farmers are still being hit badly by the cold weather.

Sheep farmer Willie Evans has been badly affected:

A snapshot of the community spirit- penned over the weekend

A facebook page set up by local residents from in and around Galloway has been praised for providing an extremely helpful service throughout the snow storm.

The page has attracted almost 2,000 'likes' and has enabled locals to share information on the latest weather situation where they are.

A poem titled 'The Big Sna' has been written to sum up the community spirit shown in the area.

We have shown a few verses below, but visit the 'Galloway Sno Aid Helping Page' on facebook for the full version.

"WE NEVER SEEN IT COMING, ACH IT WILL JIST MELT, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, WE WERE ALL TELT

""WELL IT STARTED DROPPIN, DIDNAE KEN WHUN TAE STOP, HEAVEN MUST BE EMPTY, COS AM SURE WE GOT THE LOT

"POWER OOT! HEATIN AFF, WHIT WE GAN TAE DAE, HUDDLE CLOSE THE GETHER,CLOSE OOR EYES AN PRAY

"OOT CAME THE COUNCIL, SHOVELS SALT N GRIT, BUT THE BIGGEST POWER OF ALL, A COMMUNITY STARTED TO KNIT"

Power restored to most homes

Scottish Power say there are still around 250 properties without electricity in southern Scotland. 50 of those have been without power since Friday.

When the bad weather first hit on Friday there were around 10,000 homes without power across Dumfries and Galloway.

Engineers have been out working all weekend, but gale force winds have hampered their efforts of as they try to restore power to remote houses.

13 schools in Dumfries and Galloway are closed today, but all are due to reopen tomorrow.

Cumbria police say that power has been restored to the 1,700 homes that were affected there. They are now working to reopen the roads that have been closed since Friday and are asking anyone forced to abandon their car on the A595 at the weekend to contact them by phoning 101.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team snow footage

Members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, based in Cumbria, have been called out to five incidents over the past couple of days due to the snow.

This footage shows the team attending a call out to an elderly woman, however they were cut off at the junction of Corney Fell road, and had to make the rest of the journey on foot.

They climbed through massive snow drifts on the A595, and came across cars buried under the snow.

They stopped at every car to make sure there was nobody trapped inside, and fortunately all the cars were empty.

Watch the footage from team chairman John Bamforth, below:

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