UK snow: The Lincolnshire villages

With police warning all major roads in the county are obstructed Lincolnshire has been among the areas in England. Some villages are cut off, many others are managing to soldier.

This is what it’s like for a few.

Mark Bates, Stenigot

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“I nearly made it home before we got snowed on Tuesday night with as much as two feet of snow. Fortunately my wife was shopping that afternoon so we’re OK for meals but we have seen no gritters or snow ploughs and we’re cut off from the main roads to Horncastle and Louth.

“Today that the breeze has picked up and snow is slowly drifting throughout the areas. When the weather persists, we could be like this all weekend.

“I’m a taxi driver and have contacted my older passengers by phone to determine they are OK and made sure they are warm and have enough food. Another client of mine kindly offered to get my passengers any bits as she lives in Horncastle, they need.

“A number of these clients rely on me to catch them out and about too as little jobs I do to them such as changing light bulbs, submitting letters or even moving things.”

Mark Meacher, who was snowbound in Wainfleet St Mary

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Picture caption Mark Meacher is currently off to bed

“I was stuck inside my car through the night. I left work at 17:15, we got lost and were diverted and stuck.

“It was game over really.

“But today I have been it’s been rough 36 hours today I’m off to bed.”

Rebecca Lockley, Dunholme

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Picture caption Rebecca Lockley says that the snow will be “a drop in the bucket” in her American hometown

“The situation here and in the surrounding towns is rough. I come in the north west coast of the US, where half of snow ought to be quite a drop in the bucket – nevertheless it grinds village life that is local .

“It began Tuesday with the cancellation of grocery shops, leaving many of us in the mercy of the local Co-Op, which simply cannot deal with being the main grocery store for the entire village.

“I thought about grabbing up a bus to one of the grocery shops on Wednesday, however the local bus was cancelled, and services were cancelled now as well.

“The largest problem is that the range of older men and women in this village who don’t have any way of getting supplies and no way to allow their carers for them in this weather.

“The roads are all hit and miss. Two of the principal roads seem relatively clear, but a few are a struggle and I heard roads are totally impassable, as we won’t see a plough in the bigger roads.

“The footpaths are still inland, if you can keep your balance on the packed-down snow, however, are most definitely not passable should you use any type of walking aid.”

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Picture caption Rebecca Lockley’s local shop has run out of milk

Christine Bowers, Winteringham

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Picture caption Christine Bowers’ husband was thigh-deep in snow

“It seemed a normal snowy morning for our daughter’s 21st birthday. My husband went outside to work at 06:30 – to become snowed in. The drifts were up into his thighs. Cars were stuck and we’re on a bus route.

“He helped rescue several automobiles and made the choice to not attempt to make the journey into work. The roads are being cleared however, the winds are still dreadful.”

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Picture caption The opinion from Christine Bowers’ window

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