St Albans returning to normal after snow - plus photo galleries

Ashley Campbell’s (9) igloo from Beaumont Avenue, St Albans. Built with the help of a xouncil recycl

Ashley Campbell’s (9) igloo from Beaumont Avenue, St Albans. Built with the help of a xouncil recycling box as a brick mould. - Credit: Archant

THE district is getting back to normal after several days of disruption caused by heavy snowfalls at the weekend.

The snow may have turned the St Albans district into a winter wonderland but it also brought plenty of disruption with it.

Many schools in the district closed or opened for just part of Monday but most had reopened by Tuesday as roads became clearer.

Some like Busy Bees at Rothamsted Lodge, Harpenden, remained open and made a virtue of necessity by wrapping up the youngsters and taking them outside to look for animal and wildlife tracks in the snow and make snowmen and snowballs..

Nursery manager, Vicki Powell, said: “For many of the children it’s the first time they have seen the snow so we wanted to make the most of the winter scene outside and it was great to hear the children laughing and having fun with their friends.”

And in Brook Court, Radlett, a snowman built by resident Soleem Khawaja caught the eye and was judged to be one of the best in the area.

But it was not all fun in the snow with the region’s ambulance service having to deal with a number of sledging injuries over the weekend.A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said that there have been more than a dozen emergency calls for sledge-related injuries across the area.

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While none were believed to be life-threatening and many injuries were minor, some children and adults sustained broken limbs or head injuries requiring further treatment at hospital.

Gary Sanderson, communications manager for the trust, said: “Some of our staff have volunteered to come in on annual leave and that is just one example of how committed they are to patient care.”

Gritting crews have been out treating main roads even though temperatures plummeted to as low as minus 6C.

Stuart Pile, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said salt stocks were full, salt bins had been filled and local councils had been provided with salt to keep key routes, particularly pavements, safer during cold spells.

On Monday, when a number of roads were impassable for refuse lorries, staff were deployed to clear pavements around the main retail areas.

But by yesterday, all the waste and recycling crews were out and hoping to catch up on the roads they had not been able to access earlier in the week.