Storm Arwen’s reminder about winter key workers as power supplies disrupted in blizzards – The Yorkshire Post says

STORM Arwen and the arrival of typical winter weather offered a reminder over the weekend of our collective debt to all those emergency personnel who battled through the elements to minimise disruption caused by high winds and blizzards as temperatures plummeted.

Snow covers fields and hills surround St Mary The Virgin Church in the Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen.

These public servants, and all those volunteers who gave up their time to assist, should never be taken for granted. From council gritting crews to those restoring electricity supplies, they’re key workers deserving the same respect afforded to NHS and frontline staff during the Covid pandemic.

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But this newspaper has just one small quibble. The failure, for whatever reason, of councils like Leeds to clear pavements of leaves that had fallen in recent weeks does create, in turn, even more treacherous underfoot conditions for pedestrians, thereby putting public safety at greater risk at a time when hospitals and 999 ambulance crews are already stretched to the limit.

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Snow covers fields and hills surround St Mary The Virgin Church in the Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire, amid freezing conditions in the aftermath of Storm Arwen.