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Snow day 2: Cold causes water issues

Some Isles of Scilly residents do not have access to water due to the freezing temperatures.

Mains water is working well, but freezing pipework in some properties - including the Town Hall - means islanders are without water.

However, their fellow residents are rallying to help, offering to provide water for those without and call in on elderly neighbours to check on their welfare.

Photo by Nigel Young

The Council posted on Facebook: "We're getting reports that some residents don't have access to water. This is likely due to the freezing conditions overnight. In most cases this will resolve itself as temperatures rise later today." It went on to post advice from South West Water.

Five Islands School, the airport, the waste site and the Town Hall on St Mary's have all closed for the day due to icy conditions. Lyonesse launch movements are also cancelled.

> In Pictures: Snow on Scilly

The Council's operational services team has been applying salt to the entrance of the airport, hospital and health centre, school footpath and some of the main streets.

Photo by St Martin's Stores & Post Office

The Authority posted on Facebook yesterday: "During what is a very rare ice/snow weather event for the islands, please consider taking a couple of minutes to check on the welfare of any elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

"If you have any concerns about someone’s welfare then please call 01720 422 699 in confidence.And for those of you who can, enjoy the snow!"

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