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Britain stockpiles 1,400,000 tonnes of salt for return of Beast from the East

Fears of another Beast from the East have prompted UK councils to stockpile 1.4 million tonnes of salt.

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By admin , in England , at November 24, 2018

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Fears of another Beast from the East have prompted UK councils to stockpile 1.4 million tonnes of salt.

Around 94 per cent of councils have prepared themselves for freezing temperatures and flooding this winter with either more salt this year or the same levels of last year.

But due to funding pressures and limited resources, 55 per cent of councils will share their salt stocks, while 30 per cent will share gritting machinery, the Local Government Associations (LGA) annual Winter Readiness Survey said.

A salt spreading lorry clears the carriageway on the A20 near Dover, Kent as winter weather returned to some parts of the UK

UK councils have collectively stockpiled 1.4 million tonnes of salt (Picture: PA)

It has also been revealed that 22 per cent of the councils are planning on sending staff out to key locations where the salt might be needed the most.

Around 80 per cent will provide their communities with grit bins so residents can help themselves to salt when roads begin to freeze over.

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Leicester County Council has up to 18,500 tonnes of rock salt ready to go and 23 gritters on standby, while Sunderland City Council has 17,000 tonnes stockpiled at its two depots, 15 gritters and 36 tractors and mini-tractors that can be used for ploughing footpaths.

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Luton Council has prepared itself with 1,400 tonnes of salt to tackle more than 142 miles of road and 238 community salt bins stationed at known difficult spots such as sharp bends and steep hills.

The LGA survey found also that Croydon Council has 4,000 sandbags ready and will be carrying out extra cleaning on gullies at high risk of flooding.

BALLOCH, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 01: A woman makes her way through the snow on March 1, 2018 in Balloch, Scotland. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the "Beast from the East" combines with Storm Emma coming in from the South West of Britain to bring further snow and sub-zero temperatures causing chaos on roads and shutting schools. Red weather warnings for snow have been seen in the UK for the first time and five people have died as a result. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Some parts of the UK have already experienced some snowfall (Picture: Getty Images)

A car gets stuck in snow in Hayfield in Derbyshire as the wintry snap dubbed the "mini beast from the east" keeps its grip on the UK.

Temperatures dropped as low as 2°C in southern England (Picture: PA)

Salt used for gritting the roads at a Depot in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire as Weather Forecasters predict snow across parts of the country at the weekend.

Salt is being hoarded in depots ready to go once heavy snow and rain starts (Picture: PA)

Hertfordshire County Council has offered free salt to community groups so they can help grit their streets and will be handing out supplies to schools so they can stay open in the icy weather.

Councils are constantly monitoring the weather, with up-to-the-minute reports to stay one step ahead, LGA transport spokesman Martin Tett said.

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Depots are filled with 1.4 million tonnes of salt and gritters are ready to be deployed instantly to make sure our local roads are clear and open to our residents where possible.

The survey comes just as millions of people woke up to heavy snow this week as a bitter cold snap saw temperatures plummet to as low as 2°C and even -2°C overnight.

Kent, Dorset and parts of Sussex in southern England as well as Wales, the Midlands and parts of northern England received a heavy dusting of snow in the early hours of November 21.

A salt spreading lorry clears the carriageway on the A20 near Dover, Kent as winter weather returned to some parts of the UK

Some areas in the UK have already woken up to snow this week (Picture: PA)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 02: Saint Paul's Cathedral is just visible through a blizzard as people cross the River Thames on March 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Weather fronts dubbed Storm Emma and The Beast From The East have combined to create freezing conditions that have bought much of the UK to a standstill. Businesses have closed, some towns are inaccessible and flights have been cancelled costing the British economy millions of pounds. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Communities will be able to help themselves to salt in some places around the UK (Picture: Getty Images)

While heavy thundery showers are expected to increase the chance of floods in parts of south-west England tomorrow.

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Bands of heavy, at times thundery, showers are expected to affect parts of southwest England from Friday morning until later on Saturday, the Met Office said.

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Whilst most areas will see a rather wet spell, not everywhere will see the heaviest downpours.

Where they do occur, 20-40 mm may fall in six to 12 hours, with perhaps around 50 mm falling in 24 hours – most likely across southeast-facing coasts and moors of Devon and Cornwall.

Showers may also contain small hail at times.

Temperatures across the England and Wales are expected to be around 8°C to 9°C, while southern Scotland will be 7°C and Belfast 8°C, the Met Office said.

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