It’s the news that people all over the county have been waiting for! Record levels of snow have been forecast for next week, and thousands of Essex residents have been stockpiling sachets of café salt as a result of the very successful ‘Pinch Some Salt’ campaign. However, it isn’t all good news for the region, as Southend News Network can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that the extended spell of wintryness could wreak havoc in Essex in a number of different ways.
After speaking to a local snow drainage expert, our Chief Reporter has discovered that properties within 1000 yards of Southend Seafront are at risk of something called ‘Snow Flooding’ – this is mainly due to the fact that a network of specially-adapted snow drains will not be completed until August 2016. Unlike regular water drains, snow drains are designed to suck snow away from areas that are most at risk using a combination of steam vapour, suction and magnetic forces, but a dispute over who actually owns the snow that falls could put the whole project in jeopardy. Colin Bungle, Southend head of Snow Meltage Facilitation, said: ‘Until the snow drains are fully working, we would advise all residents near Southend Seafront to stock up on hair dryers, steam irons and anything else handheld that can generate heat. In the event that there is heavy snowfall, they can then simply go outside and melt all of the snow near their own property, and this liquid will then escape down the existing drains, unless there has been heavy rain already, or the tide is in at the time, or someone has just flushed a toilet.’
It seems that Chelmsford will also see heavy snow in the coming week, and council chiefs are concerned that residents will repeat the shocking behaviour seen in 2011 when hundreds of local residents took part in an unauthorised toboggan event over the Army and Navy Flyover. Ongoing work to make this a two-way bridge has been suspended until next year, but there are fears that the bridge will have to be completely dismantled over safety concerns if people use the wintry weather as an excuse to recreate Cool Runnings in the middle of a busy city centre.
A C2C spokesperson has confirmed that the new timetable can be adjusted for snowy line conditions by starting all services at Limehouse and terminating all trains at West Ham, and a representative of whatever the Liverpool Street line is called this week has advised passengers that speed restrictions of 2mph between Southend Victoria and Stratford will apply because ‘anything faster in snowy conditions could lead to a further 25 years of engineering works and line closures – especially on Saturdays.’
There are also fears that any snowfall will delay the start of flights on a brand new route between London Southend Airport and a number of destinations in Syria. Airport bosses are said to be monitoring the situation very carefully, and if necessary an aviation expert has pointed out that anything up to a Boeing 747 can actually land safely on snow, provided that the aircraft is equipped with winter tyres and the pilot is able to get out and scrape the cockpit windows before landing.
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