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'Councils have enough salt overnight'

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Councils have enough salt to ensure roads are gritted through the night’s predicted snowfall, the Local Government Association has said.

Although supplies had been predicted to run low, the LGA has said that councils in areas with surpluses have been sharing grit supplies with authorities in areas badly affected by snow and ice.

It is hoped that new shipments expected from Germany and Spain should help see the country through the current cold snap.

Helen Murray, LGA programme director for safer communities, said: “Our best estimate is that everywhere has at least one day’s supply.

“Councils are pooling it and seeing who needs the most - it’s happening on a regional basis and across regions too.”

Meanwhile, emergency planners are on high alert following warnings of heavy rain and possible flooding in southern England.

Chairman of the LGA environment board, Paul Bettison (Con), said: “Councils are ready to assist anyone who is forced to leave their home because of weather or flood damage.

"It’s vital that people do everything they can to protect themselves and their property before any floods arrive.

“If our towns and villages are affected by the adverse weather conditions people can feel safe in the knowledge their local council, the emergency services and the Environment Agency, are fully prepared in the event of an emergency.”

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