Update from the Met Office:
Yellow warning for for snow and ice from 12:00 noon on Sat 15 December To 10:00am on Sun 16 December.
Heavy snow and blizzards may develop across Scotland and northern England with a risk of freezing rain in places.
- Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers
- Possible delays or cancellations to rail and air travel
- Some rural communities could become cut off
- Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
- A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
- Bus and train services may be delayed or cancelled, with some road closures and longer journey times possible
- Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable because of black ice
Please be prepared, take care, allow extra journey time and assist vulnerable neighbours if they need any help. Thank you.
A message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald and Morham Community Council:
Following the severe weather we experienced last year I have been working on a Community Emergency Plan to better prepare us for any similar emergency events. Villagers will recall how we were completely cut-off due to the roads being closed by snow and the situation could have become extremely difficult had the extreme weather continued, especially if we had also lost power. I was very proud of how the community came together, particularly the valiant villagers who kindly sourced some milk and bread.
It is sensible to formalise arrangements should such a situation arise again. I have been consulting with the Council’s Emergency Planning & Risk Manager on what the Council can do to help, but we must also take steps to improve our own resilience – the severe weather in February highlighted how little the Council could actually do to help once we were cut off and not everyone was fully prepared.
The main threats to our community include severe weather, such as snow, ice, flooding and high winds, which can cause falling trees and other hazards including first aid emergencies, fires and children/vulnerable people going missing.
Do you have any skills, tools or other resources that could help in any of these situations? For example, local farmers or tree surgeons may have equipment or expertise they are willing to offer. People may be trained in first aid or happy to be called upon should a search party be required. Maybe you have a 4×4 vehicle and could offer transport to pick up supplies in snowy weather, when other vehicles cannot get out of the village.
Would you be happy to be called upon in an emergency? If you would like to be added to our list of local skills and resources please respond using the form below.
Thank you to the local tractor-wielding farming community for their tireless digging out of snowdrifts over the last couple of days. A council gritter was able to access Garvald yesterday for the first time in several days and provide access, with care, to Haddington.
Huge thanks to Jackie McCreery at Yester Dairy, Alistair Kerr for collecting milk supplies and Davie F for venturing to Haddington for supplies. Thanks also to everyone who is helping out with emergency planning and supporting the village. Fantastic to see the community pulling together so brilliantly.
Garvald village hall is open to anyone who wants a change of scene but will probably close around 4pm. Thanks for your support.
In the event of a power cut, if you have no alternative heating source, please make your way to the village hall and we will provide assistance.
Our understanding is that there is no milk or bread available in Haddington. Car high snow drifts are blocking the roads. Please stay home in the warm and do not attempt to travel.