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Huge task of tackling Beast from the East

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

Around 2,800 miles of road were treated per day, using more than 3,500 tonnes of salt, as council teams worked 24/7 for eight consecutive days when the Beast from the East struck Northumberland.

The county council’s communications team sent more than 2,000 messages in a week – up 673 per cent compared to a normal week – on its social-media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and received more than 8,300 – up 1,015 per cent.

These figures were revealed as the council’s civil contingencies manager Ian Clough provided some initial feedback on the authority’s response to the weather to the county emergency committee’s meeting on Monday.

He explained that the Beast from the East’s arrival was not declared a major incident, although it still required a serious and coordinated approach with the civil contingencies team activating its incident support room and liaising with the likes of the fire and rescue service, local services, adult and social care, Northumbrian Water and Northumbria Police.

Referring to the response more generally, committee chairman, Coun John Riddle, said: “I’m sure everyone appreciated the difficulties it created and the council did a fantastic job.”

Coun Scott Dickinson added: “It seemed to work incredibly well and the council staff were absolutely incredible.”