This comment was under the article: “What I find unbelievable is that I live 8 miles South of Manchester and we have had nothing absolutely nothing and yet less than an hours drive away they are 6ft under unbelievable and my heart goes out to all those affected especially the farmers who have a hard enough job at the best of times.” – Andy Pandy, Manchester, 27/3/2013 8:20
Up to 10,000 animals buried beneath snow drifts in Northern Ireland
NFU: Most farmers are relentlessly battling weather to protect income
Head first: Farmer Donald O’Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Fifty freezing residents were last night finally dug out of their village after being marooned in the snow without food, electricity and heat over the weekend as Britain was blasted by severe weather.
A council highways team attempted to clear a road in Strinesdale near Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Friday, but were met with monster snow drifts. However, they eventually got through last night.
Local Jane Holroyd, 34, said: ‘A lot of us use solid fuel up here, and once we ran out of coal through trying to keep warm we had to use bits and pieces of wood. And we struggled to get enough food.