Exmouth thaws out

PUBLISHED: 19:12 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 08 March 2018

Flashback: heavy snow came in to Exmouth on Thursday, March 1 and continued to cause problems into the weekend. Picture: Paul Strange.

Flashback: heavy snow came in to Exmouth on Thursday, March 1 and continued to cause problems into the weekend. Picture: Paul Strange.


Exmouth has now recovered from being in the icy grip of Storm Emma, with a thaw setting in.

At the end of last week the town endured blizzard conditions and heavy snow for a couple of days.

The extreme weather caused businesses to close, Exmouth Community College and other local schools were also shut, and many people stayed at home, heeding the police advice not to drive unless absolutely necessary.

Snow first arrived on the morning of Thursday, March 1, and by mid-afternoon it was sweeping heavily in to the town. Winds whipped it into small drifts, and it started to bury some cars.

Driving became difficult on the town’s side roads, especially around the hills of Brixington, with reports of cars being abandoned.

Some pedestrians were also walking in the streets – avoiding slippery pavements – which caused problems for drivers.

By Friday (March 2), very little traffic was moving around the town as people stayed at home, sensibly not venturing out.

Up in Brixington, a number of cars remained abandoned, with only 4x4s able to traverse the steep hills. A strong community spirit developed, with neighbours dropping in to see older residents, to ensure that they were OK in the cold weather.

A Devon-based homecare provider also worked around the clock to help its clients during the blizzard.

Bluebird Care director William Flint, along with colleague Sophie Gover, helped get their teams out to support Exmouth households.

They managed the demand by hiring a fleet of 4x4s in advance of the snowfall, and booking hotel rooms for their teams.

Fellow director Sara Flint said: “I am so proud of our team of Devon Bluebirds in the way they responded to the adverse conditions.

“Their commitment and professionalism was outstanding – and it makes Will and I incredibly proud to lead a local business that cares so deeply about its local community.”

Thankfully things began return to normal around the town over the weekend as a thaw set in, but even then, there were still problems.

On Saturday morning (March 3), Western Power Distribution reported a total of 272 homes in and around Exmouth were without electricity. The problem was resolved by the early hours of Sunday (March 4).

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