With snow-related problems beginning to ease on the county’s roads, Sussex Police are advising people to still consider if their journey is absolutely essential and if so, to make sure that they are prepared for their trip.
Ch Supt Paul Morrison, head of Operations, said: “Even though it seems as though the worst of the weather may have passed, it is very important that you listen to local radio for updates and take notice of the warnings. If you travel, make sure that you’re equipped for extremes – a blanket, a flask of hot drink, water, food, a fully charged mobile phone and a shovel, for example.
“If you’re staying at home, please keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable – check on your neighbours and make sure they’re warm and safe. There is an enormous demand on the emergency services at the moment, but if someone needs medical attention or is in danger, don’t hesitate to call 999 immediately.
“I would particularly like to thank the scores of volunteers, including those from the Red Cross and many individual 4×4 owners, who have turned out to assist the emergency services over the last 24 hours. All agencies have been working tirelessly to assist people who have been affected by the weather, especially those who have been particularly vulnerable because of age or medical reasons.”
Sussex Police received nearly 2500 emergency and non-emergency calls in the 24 hours up to 9am on Tuesday, March 12, around 700 more than an average March weekday.
Sussex Police received 228 road traffic collision reports of which two involved serious injury and 16 resulted in slight injuries. In total, there were 771 road-related calls.