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Update: Cumbria Police deal with 1500 calls about weather

Cumbria Police say they've dealt with 1500 calls for assistance concerning the weather since Friday morning. These include roads being blocked, accidents and people being stranded in cars.

Roads still closed include the A66 at Stainmore, A595 around Holmrook and Millom, Kirstone Pass (A592) and A686 at Hartside. Police say agencies are working 'relentlessly' to clear snow from roads but are being hampered by strong winds. In some parts, there are snow drifts of up to 20 feet.

Around 70 people spent the night in an emergency shelter after becoming stranded around Millom. Motorists who feel their journey is essential are being asked to check before they travel. People are also being asked to check on vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

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450 homes 'without power overnight'

Around 450 homes in Cumbria will be without power until tomorrow after the county was hit by high winds and snow. Electricity Northwest say the roads are so bad, engineers aren't able to get out to reconnect homes.

Cumbria Police are still advising people not to travel in the south and west of the county unless absolutely necessary.

The following roads are only passable with care:

M6 Hackthorpe to Shap, A6 Shap, A590 Barrow to the M6 and the A5092 Grizebeck

The following roads are closed: A66 at Stainmore, A595 Dalton to Ireleth Road, A595 Bolton Low Houses, Wigton A595 Holmrook to Millom, A595 Millom to Bootle, A592 Kirkstone pass, A686 at Hartside, B6276 between Brough to Middleton in Teasdale and B6277 Alston to Middleton in Teasdale

Stuck in the snow

With snow causing chaos for many today, one viewer has told us about the nightmare journey he had this morning.

Terry Harvey-Chadwick was on his way from Seascale to Barrow to host a science workshop as part of National Science and Engineering Week... but he didn't get that far.

When on the A595, just south of Waberthwaite, Terry got stuck:

"I was stuck for almost 6 hours before they got to me. Even the snow plough and digger sent to try and free us got stuck in the very deep snow."

Blizzard conditions on the A595 this morning. Credit: Terry Harvey-Chadwick

"I, and some other drivers, was eventually rescued by the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team and had to walk nearly a quarter mile through the blizzard, wading through snow up to my waist, to reach the rescue vehicles."

Distinctly wintery conditions during spring time. Credit: Terry Harvey-Chadwick

Sellafield status returns to normal

Sellafield has returned to normal after a precautionary 'site incident' was declared earlier because of the bad weather.

Many staff were sent home early because of concerns over their welfare and safety on site.

Following on from a Site Incident being declared at Sellafield earliertoday, we can now confirm that the site status has returned to normal.As a precautionary measure, the Site Emergency Control Centre will remainmanned and operational to deal with any issues arising due to continuingadverse weather conditions.All plants remain in a steady, controlled, safe state and safe manninglevels continue to be maintained."

– Sellafield Spokesman
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Sellafield nuclear site closed for 'staff welfare'

Sellafield nuclear plant has been closed due to "staff welfare" following adverse weather, a spokesperson has said:

Sellafield is not one plant, it has over 1300 buildings – because of this when the site is fully operational it is like a small town, with over

10,000 people working here, moving around. Because of the high winds and the heavy snow, and the fact that a number of roads in West Cumbria have already be closed, it would be unsafe to allow people to move around in this way...There are no nuclear specific aspects of this incident.

– A Spokesperson for Sellafield

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Sellafield affected by weather

Sellafield has declared a precautionary 'Site Incident' because of the bad weather currently affecting the area. They have stressed that the move is nothing to be concerned about and is 'in line with well rehearsed procedures'.

Some staff at the site will be allowed to leave early as weather conditions worsen.

A press spokesman said:

In response to the current and predicted adverse weather conditions on and around the Sellafield site, as a precaution, a Site Incident has been declared and the plants on the site have been moved to a controlled, safe, shut down state.The site emergency control centre has been established and is managing the

incident in line with well rehearsed procedures.We have implemented a phased early release of staff from the site.

There is no reason to believe that there will be any off-site nuclear, environmental or conventional safety issues associated with the incident.

– Sellafield Spokesman

More snow expected for Scottish Borders

Gritters being filled at Scottish Borders Council Credit: ITV News Border

An Amber warning for heavy snow in the Scottish Borders remains in place until 6pm.

Then a yellow 'be aware' warning is in place until midnight.

Through Wednesday and Thursday the weather is forecast to remain cold with a few snow showers expected to continue to affect more eastern areas of the Borders.

There are warnings of significant snow with strong winds expected on Friday.

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