You can take this snow and shovel it

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THE snow may have brought chaos to the roads but it also inspired an avalanche of community spirit that helped people face up to the wintry weather.

Neighbours came together and turned out with shovels to clear their roads and pavements.

One example was in Grovehill, where residents got stuck in after snow galore on Sunday.

A team of volunteers was rallied together after a round of door-knocking in Wootton Drive and they set about making Putters Croft safe for cars and walkers.

Dacorum borough councillor for Grovehill Alex Bhinder, who was among the volunteers, said: “A lot of people feel that it is someone else’s responsibility to do this kind of work.

“At a time when resources are stretched, however, it is very reassuring to know that there are also a lot of people who don’t think like that.

“I’d like to thank everyone who chipped in. It was a fantastic effort.”

Resident Mike Graves added: “After the snow fall back in January earlier this year we discussed how it wouldn’t take long for a group of residents to clear one of the inclined roads into Wootton Drive.”

In Berkhamsted, men, women and children did their bit after a neighbour rallied the troops by sending out emails to homes.

Wendy Blanton, of South Park Gardens, collected everyone’s details after snow earlier this year so that they could be prepared for the next time icy conditions hit.

Resident Sue Welling, who has lived in the street for 18 years, said: “We had been warned we could expect some bad weather again this year so she dropped notes through doors and asked for our email addresses.”

The slope to get out of the cul-de-sac road means it is usually impossible for motorists to leave after snowfall.

But determined to beat the difficult conditions, around 20 people turned out on Sunday to clear the street and afterwards neighbours enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies together.

“It was a real showing of solidarity,” said Sue.

Herts Highways has reassured residents that it has around 3,800 tonnes of salt left in stock – enough for around 12 runs at heavy usage.

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