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Farmers come to the rescue.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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FARMERS have been praised for coming to the rescue of isolated country communities cut off by snow drifts, writes Laura Barr.

Many volunteered their time and machinery to help clear roads and free people trapped by impassable road conditions.

David Cromie is pictured clearing the Ballynamagna Road outside Rathfriland.

While Katesbridge contractor John Dan O'Hare and his team also cleared snow from lanes and attempted to restore some normality.

"We were inundated with callers right through from Thursday until this morning (Monday)," Mr O'Hare said.

"People's lanes were just completely buried in snow with the drifts and we just did what we could to assist people.

"On Thursday and Friday we were mostly in Rathfriland and Katesbridge for roughly six hours at a time and then on Saturday we were in Hilltown and Leitrim for most of the day right up until 10pm, Sunday was much the same and then this morning (Monday) we were in Cabra assisting people. It has been a very busy time.

"Mostly it was the farmers who needed assistance. Milk tankers were finding it difficult to get up the lanes so we tried to clear access routes.

Over the weekend we got a call from someone returning home from hospital so we made sure their lane was clear to get home safely. We had four of our big shovels out and I think people were glad to get out again.

"Itwas good to be able to help people out and thankfully it has started to thaw and hopefully that will be the end of it for a while now. "

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