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Press Release - Fire crew working inside town cut off by snow
Posted on 03/03/2018

Firefighters in a North Devon town cut off by 15ft high snow drifts are working with partner agencies to keep the town safe.

As a digger attempts to cut a swathe through a mile-long wall of snow to re-open a road into Lynton, firefighters based in the town are helping to ensure plans are in place should an emergency occur.

They are working closely with Coastguard colleagues to ensure they are able to reach any incident as quickly as possible.

Watch Manager Chris Hope said: “We are often cut off for hours in Lynton when it snows but I’ve never known us cut off for days before. The road is not likely to fully open until Monday or Tuesday so we are doing everything we can to help the community.

“Between us and the Coastguard we have 22 personnel and two 4x4 vehicles, so we are able to move around the village to provide assistance. A doctor comes with us on co-responder calls and we are keeping tabs on residents with known health issues until access out of the village is restored.”

The Lynton crew have so far attended two co-responder calls and a fire, all of which have been resolved satisfactorily.

Moving forward, it is intended to have a plan which includes identifying alternative forms of transport out of the village, by land and sea, and setting up a register of 4x4 vehicle and tractor owners in the event of a similar situation happening in the future.

● Fire crews across Devon and Somerset have been continuing to deal with incidents and help communities by transporting patients and medical staff to hospital in areas where travel is still difficult.

We thank the public for their continued support during this unprecedented event.


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