ARGUS COMMENT: Snow brought out the best in us 

First published in Gwent news

WHAT a day that was! Yesterday's snowfall across Gwent brought with it conditions rarely seen in this part of the world, particularly in low-lying areas like Newport.

Yes, it was chaotic at times. Yes, it took a while for the transport networks to get to grips with the weather.

 Yes, thousands of parents had to make child care arrangements or take time off work at short notice.

But yesterday was also, in a strange way, quite life-affirming.

Many people had to make alternative arrangements to get into work -  walking or using public transport.

And those who did so had stories to tell of strangers sharing the same experience taking time out to chat or just say a cheery greeting to each other.

There were numerous examples of people helping drivers get their cars out of sticky situations.

It was good to see. It's just a shame that it takes a relatively significant weather event for that side of human nature to come shining through.

On the subject of yesterday's weather, some words of praise are due to local authority workers who, by and large, kept the main routes through Gwent open for traffic.

These people are often much-maligned but they did an outstanding job yesterday.

Let's hope we have now seen the worst of the weather and we can return to some kind of normality ahead of the new working week.

 

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8:24am Sun 20 Jan 13

Robodad says...

Someone on Laurel Road cleared his drive, pavement and road up to the mid point of the highway completely of all snow so that he could get his car out onto a snow covered hill. What did he do with the snow he moved from outside his drive? He piled it on the road and pavement outside his neighbours houses. See, in all the good there are still some numpties.
Someone on Laurel Road cleared his drive, pavement and road up to the mid point of the highway completely of all snow so that he could get his car out onto a snow covered hill. What did he do with the snow he moved from outside his drive? He piled it on the road and pavement outside his neighbours houses. See, in all the good there are still some numpties. Robodad
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