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Government centralises salt supplies as stocks run low

Wednesday 22 December 2010

As the big freeze continues, the government has launched a centralised register of salt supplies to make sure stocks are evenly distributed throughout the country and get to the areas where they is most needed.

In many areas, local councils are reporting supplies are low and some claim to be on the verge of running out.

Salt is even turning up on internet auction sites for four times the going rate of €60 a ton, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Cycle lanes

The Dutch cycling association has had dozens of complaints from cyclists about icy cycle paths and is urging local councils to pay more attention to making sure cycling is safe.

In Amsterdam in particular, few cycle lanes have been gritted, local television station AT5 reported.

The Dutch road safety organisation said local authorities should now focus on clearing cycle lanes and making sure the elderly can move around safely.

More frost

The freezing temperatures are set to continue in most parts of the country for the next few days, weather forecasters said on Wednesday.

More snow is expected overnight, particularly in the east and south of the country on Thursday and Friday.

Snow may also fall over the Christmas weekend, when the temperature at night could plunge to as low as -14 Celsius.

According to website Weerplaza.nl, the frost will continue well into next week and this December is heading to be the coldest on record.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

how will Andre' Rieu get around to perform His Concerts

By Fay Roberts | 22 December 2010 8:29 PM

Considering how much tax people are paying in such a small country, you'd think a fleet of bike-path snow plows would be available.

God knows how much productivity has been lost over the last week and weeks to come from train shutdowns, chocked highways and treacherous slush gutters to use as bike lanes.

Meanwhile, the newly elected crooks are bickering on how much to gouge thespians, destroy weed tourism and uncloak muslims.

By Sam Hall | 22 December 2010 10:44 PM

we have the same problems, except our problem is we are running out of room to remove snow, clear roads, we are talking "feet" of snow in my area not 'inches'. Merry Christmas to all! So what are we gonna do with all the snow? Why of course make 'snow balls, and LOTS of them!

By Jude Harzewski | 23 December 2010 6:39 PM

Didn't they have the same problem last year? Just a reminder: nature does not work in averages, so when you plan for an average snowfall you're bound to be wrong.

By Henk in Colorado | 24 December 2010 1:41 AM

Salt auctions?! Will this all be happening again in a years time? Typhoon, tsunami, earthquake? - Aw it's only snow!

Dangerous puppets with money & power running the country arse about face, who do you trust?

By The visitor | 24 December 2010 4:15 AM

It's lovely and warm in South Africa... Wishing you a Merry Christmas and warmer New Year!

By Helen | 24 December 2010 3:01 PM

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