More than 30 flood alerts and warnings issued for parts of England as temperatures rise as high as 52F
Thames Water, South East Water, Southern Water and Affinity Water report water shortages for users
Suppliers tell up to 13million people across South to curb their use of water or risk having none at all
Warnings in place for ice until 11am today and snow for Scotland with 4in today and 2in more tomorrow
Published: 01:53 EDT, 5 March 2018 | Updated: 13:47 EDT, 5 March 2018
Thousands of households are still without water across London and the South East as 'a large number of leaks' has cut off water to huge areas.
Around 10,000 household are thought to still be without water after the thawing icy temperatures caused havoc across Thames Water, South East Water, Southern Water, and Affinity Water - which cover London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Thames Water have reassured customers that their water supply should be back up and running within a 'matter of hours', while even Cadbury's has run out of water to make chocolate.
However things are less certain in the South East as the water company have stated they are still unsure when supplies will return.
Despite the thawing conditions their are still 'extremely isolated' parts of Britain where RAF helicopters flew in aid to the most remote parts of the country
Some parts of the country are still reeling from the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma such as this area of Cumbria where the snow drifts are several feet high
They are still requesting that customers restrict their usage as much as possible such as taking short showers instead of baths, and not leaving taps running unnecessarily.
Southern water and Affinity water are also asking that people use water sparingly while they work to restore supplies.
The lack of running water has forced dozens of schools to close today as homes are left without supplies after frozen pipes burst during the severe weather, while more than 30 flood alerts and warnings are in place.
The military was today called in to take emergency supplies to desperate residents in Cumbria who have been burning furniture to stay warm
Despite the thawing conditions their are still 'extremely isolated' parts of Britain as the country continues to reel from the aftermath of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma.
The military was today called in to take emergency supplies to desperate residents in Cumbria who have been burning furniture to stay warm, with areas including Fellside and Alston cut off for five days - and at least another 48 hours - after heavy snowfall and slow progress in clearing the roads.
A Chinook helicopter was brought in to drop supplies, including food, coal and logs for heating and electrical heating appliances as the operation begins today, with pictures showing it landing at South Stainmore.
A 'toxic' mixture of ice, snow, rain and sleet is bringing dangerous conditions for motorists in the North - but things are looking up in the South with temperatures rivalling those in southern France, four days after the start of spring.
Military personnel airdrop from a Chinook helicopter to deliver much-needed fuel to South Stainmore in Cumbria today
Today's rescue mission was called on by Cumbria county council to help communities stranded by the recent snowfalls
Military personnel deliver fuel to Mick and Gill Bateup in South Stainmore, Cumbria, who have been cut off by deep snow
Some areas in Cumbria, including Fellside, South Stainmore and Alston, have been cut off for five days due to deep snow
A Royal Marine commando speaks to Mick Bateup, with his wife Gill seen in the background of the frame (in the white coat)
Parts of South Stainmore in Cumbria have been cut off by deep snow drifts for the last five days in the severe conditions
Local resident Ken Smith views the B822 Crow Road in Fintry, a small village north of Glasgow in central Scotland
Farm machinery is used today to clear snow from the A39 at Porlock Hill, near Lynton in Exmoor following heavy snow drifts
The Met Office still has a yellow warning for ice in place for Cumbria until 11am today, while there is also an alert for further snow in Scotland with up to 4in (10cm) possible today and another 2in (5cm) tomorrow.
Speaking of the response in Cumbria today, Wing Commander Gary Lane, RAF Regional Liaison Officer for the North West, told BBC News: 'They're going to get bread, they're going to get milk, they're going to get logs.
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'We've got guys who drove seven hours last night to get here to start doing this, and every single one of them is keen to start changing peoples' lives.'
Karl Melville, the council's senior manager for highways, said people have been 'burning furniture to keep warm', adding: 'We've extracted families with four and five children that have simply run out of everything.'
Meanwhile thousands of homes have no running water after thawing temperatures caused burst pipes. Suppliers have effectively told up to 13million people across the South to curb their use of water or risk having none at all.
Morning commuters could face snow and ice in some areas (left), while there are more than 30 flood alerts in place (right)
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for ice and snow today (left) and tomorrow (right) in parts of Britain
Snow is now becoming confined to areas of Northern England and Scotland following the whiteout conditions last week
Volunteers from South East Water help distribute bottles of water to residents of Lenham in Kent today
Bottles of water are distributed in Kent as households across South East England are told to use as little water as possible
Four water companies urged customers who do have running water only to use it where essential. Lenham in Kent is pictured
Ed Patterson has been collecting water from a stream to flush his toilets and for elderly people in Rotherfield, East Sussex
Thousands of properties in South East England remain without water, after a thaw resulted in multiple burst pipes across the region.
Householders and businesses are having to use bottled water while pipes undergo work to fix leaks and repair bursts amid milder conditions which followed the deep freeze of last week.
Where are the trains disrupted today? Rail woe continues as more services are cancelled
Arriva Trains Wales: Buses replace trains between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog. No buses or trains between Swansea to Shrewsbury via Llandrindod
Grand Central and Northern: Delays of up to 45 minutes between Hartlepool / Middlesbrough / Nunthorpe and Hexham and between Middlesbrough and Newcastle, due to problems with overhead electric wires.
Great Western Railway: No trains between Liskeard and Looe due to flooding. Disruption between Oxford and Didcot Parkway due to a points problem. Buses replace trains between Reading and Blackwater / Guildford
Greater Anglia: Six services in Norfolk cancelled
Hull Trains: Limited shuttle service between Hull and Doncaster. No services between Doncaster / Retford / Grantham and London Kings Cross. Passengers should not travel 'unless absolutely necessary'
London Overground: No trains between New Cross and Surrey Quays
Merseyrail: Amended service on the Southport line
Northern: No trains from Leeds to Lancaster / Carlisle. Replacement buses between Hexham and Carlisle, and Rochdale and Todmorden
ScotRail: Near normal service but warnings over 'minor alterations' and shorter trains
Southern: Delays across the network due to an electricity supply failure at Selhurst
TransPennine Express: Three services from Scotland to Manchester Airport cancelled
Virgin Trains East Coast: 15 services between London King's Cross and Leeds cancelled
Virgin Trains West Coast : Three services from Glasgow to London Euston cancelled
Thames Water, which has customers across London and Thames Valley, said somewhere under 10,000 properties are affected, while Affinity Water which serves parts of north west London and the home counties, is working to restore full supply to around 1,000 properties experiencing disruptions in the past 48 hours.
Alongside South East Water and Southern Water, the companies have urged customers who do have running water only to use it where essential.
In a joint statement, they said: 'Where possible, take short showers rather than baths, do not leave taps running unnecessarily and only run washing machines and dish washers when you have a full load. This will make a real difference.'
Rosena Allin-Khan, the MP for Tooting, told the Daily Telegraph that she had not been able to shower for two days.
She said: 'Although the situation is far from ideal, I do think Thames have been far more responsive and alert than when this happened 18 months ago - so I'm pleased in that sense.
'We have a Victorian water system, which is going to break down every now and then, but we're resilient - we just want our water back now, I haven't had a shower for two days!'
Meanwhile Severn Trent Water reported a 4,000 per cent rise in burst pipe alarms between yesterday and this morning as it dealt with an 'unprecedented' number of calls.
Southern Water said it was working to restore supplies to up to 5,000 homes in Sittingbourne, Kent, while up to 6,000 people in Wales were without water this morning as Welsh Water dealt with 200 leaks.
Neither South East Water nor Thames Water, which said the worst affected areas for its customers were Streatham and Hampstead, could say when supplies would be back to normal.
A number of schools could not open today due to water issues.
Ravenstone Primary school in Balham tweeted: 'Unfortunately due to a range of water issues we are having to close the school tomorrow.'
Over the past weekend 130 engineer teams repaired a large number of leaking pipes in the capital and around 500 million litres of extra water a day - the equivalent of 200 Olympic swimming pools - has been pumped into the network to fill reservoirs.
A leak on repaired on a large water main has restored water in south west London areas of Balham, Tooting, Streatham and Wandsworth, but the low pressure is meaning there is a lack of water passing through the pipes and coming through the taps.
Thames Water said it had temporarily run out of water at two of its four locations in London, and some people have complained that they have had difficulty getting to the water stations.
A woman named Adele tweeted: 'Had a knee reconstruction on Friday so can't exactly just pop over to Homebase but now without water for more than 12 hours...'
Local councillor Scott Ainslie criticised Thames Water, calling on them to 'start reinvesting in the pipework'. He added: 'The country can't slow down every time the temperature falls below zero for a few days.
'They can't get away with a feeble excuse that it's exceptional weather - I think the worst it got to was minus six in London, we've had minus six before.'
The councillor, who described Streatham High Road as a 'ghost town' with many businesses forced to close at the weekend and on Monday, said he hoped to meet an official from the company once the current problems are fixed.
It follows criticism from Environment Minister Michael Gove last week, who warned water firms to clean up their act or face tougher regulation.
An RAF Chinook helicopter arrives at Carlisle Lake District Airport today before delivering supplies to communities still cut off
A Chinook has been brought in to drop supplies, including food, coal and logs for heating and electrical heating appliances
The RAF crew will deliver aid to areas including Fellside, South Stainmore and Alston which have been cut off for five days
The military has been called in to take emergency supplies to 'extremely isolated' parts of Cumbria after the severe weather
Wing Commander Gary Lane, RAF Regional Liaison Officer for the North West, said the Chinook would deliver 'vital supplies'
Supplies are loaded onto the RAF Chinook helicopter at Carlisle Airport today before being delivered to cut-off communities
A car is driven through water from a burst water main in East London today as households are told to reduce water use
A car splashes through a burst water main in East London today as water companies battle to repair broken infrastructure
Water splashes up onto the road as a car travels through the pothole in Tottenham this morning after a water pipe burst
A big pothole in Tottenham, North London, is proving to be a hazard for drivers today after being caused by a burst water pipe
He told company bosses they had not been acting 'in the public interest', accusing some of 'playing the system for the benefit of wealthy managers and owners'.
A spokesman for Thames Water said they were 'grateful' to those who had heeded their low usage warning and asked for continued co-operation from customers.
Which areas of Britain are affected by the water outages today?
Thames Water: About 10,000 properties are affected, according to the company which has customers across London and Thames Valley
Affinity Water: Company which serves parts of North West London and the home counties is working to restore full supply to around 1,000 properties facing disruption in the past 48 hours.
Southern Water: Working to restore supplies to up to 5,000 homes in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Welsh Water: Up to 6,000 people in Wales without water as the company deals with 200 leaks.
'We're sorry to all those customers who are without water. We know how infuriating this is and want to assure them that the whole company is working flat out to fix the problems.'
Meanwhile, the military is helping to take emergency supplies - including food and fuel - to parts of Cumbria which have been left isolated following heavy snowfall that blocked roads.
Most parts of the UK are thawing out, the Met Office said, after the barrage of snow that hit the country last week.
As temperatures rise above freezing elsewhere, eastern parts of Scotland remain subject to a snow warning, meteorologist Martin Bowles said.
He said while the thaw in the south east has been quick, the rapid rise in temperature is not unusual. 'It's fairly quick but usually when you get a cold spell it will go up by 5 or 10 degrees in one or two days,' he said.
A timber firm in East Sussex suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after a pipe burst, a woman from the company said.
Trudy Holman tweeted: 'Sussex Timber Products Ltd in Crowborough burst pipe causing thousands of pounds of damage spent from early hours sat morning till sunday mid day pulling down ceilings and pulling out kitchens and carpets ruined new doors all been newly refurbished.'
But after barely getting above zero for days, temperatures are set to be 11C (52F) in southern England today – on a par with Marseille and warmer than Genoa. Some areas could even reach 12C (54F) by tomorrow.
However, the Environment Agency said there was also a risk of flooding from surging water levels due to snow melt as temperatures start to rise again. A warning is in place for Swanage Bay in Dorset today, as well as 33 alerts.
Local residents collect bottled water from Thames Water after mains supplies to homes were cut off in Balham, South London
People queue up at a bottled water station set up by Thames Water outside Homebase Streatham Vale in London today
Local residents collect bottled water today after mains supplies to homes were cut off in Balham, South London
The thaw which has followed the heavy snow and cold temperatures has resulted in a number of burst water mains
Thames Water staff load free bottles of emergency water into a customer's car in London today amid the local water problems
Thames Water staff load free bottles of emergency water into a customer's car in the capital this morning
Stacks of bottled water are piled outside a convenience store at Streatham Hill in South London this morning
Thames Water tweeted this picture today of a lorry loaded with bottled water as it battles to fix pipes in South East England
A shopper carries a couple of large bottles along Streatham Hill in South London this morning amid the water shortages
The Victoria Tower which sits on top of Castle Hill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, is shrouded in thick fog this morning
Trains in the UK were disrupted over the weekend and there were further problems this morning reported by operators including Hull Trains, CrossCountry, South Western Trains, Northern and TransPennine Express.
ScotRail's latest update said its teams have been working through the weekend to make sure the 2,800 miles of track on Scotland's railway are clear of snow and ice.
'Scotland's railway is open, with a near normal service running on ScotRail routes across the country,' the statement said. 'There may be minor alterations to services throughout Monday.
'You may find some trains have fewer carriages than usual - our trains have taken a battering from the snow and freezing temperatures in recent days. We continue to remove packed snow and ice from underneath our trains, which can cause train faults.'
The RAC warned motorists to be aware of dangerous conditions, with a spokesman saying: 'We're expecting a plague of potholes once the snow subsides. It's a toxic combination of ice, snow, further rain and sleet.'
An urgent appeal for blood donors has been issued by the NHS after stocks were depleted during the bad weather. Meanwhile in Ireland, orange and yellow alerts for snow and ice are still in place until midday today.
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Thames Water customers spoke of their fury on Twitter at the lack of water today, especially in parts of South London
People have also been posting memes over the past 24 hours as they try to cope without running water in their properties
Beast from the East and Storm Emma claim 14 victims across Britain
Friday, March 2
- Matt Watt, 20, dies after falling over in the snow while crossing Nungate Bridge in Haddington, East Lothian
- A man dies after being found collapsed on a pavement in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
Thursday, March 1
- Richard Fiddy, 74, dies from a suspected heart attack when he stopped to help a driver stuck in deep snow in Bergh Apton, Norfolk
- Seven-year-old girl named Maisie, is hit by an out of control car in Looe, Cornwall, while playing in the snow
- A 70-year-old man is rescued from cliffs in Torquay, Devon, but later dies in hospital
- Body of a 75-year-old woman is found near her home on a snow-covered street in Leeds
- A 46-year-old van driver dies after his vehicle collides with a lorry on the A34 near Tot Hill in Hampshire
Wednesday, February 28
- Stephen Cavanagh, 60, dies after jumping into a frozen lake trying to save his dog in Welling, London
- Care worker Elaine McNeill, 42, dies after collapsing on her way to work in Milton, Glasgow
Tuesday, February 27
- John Paul Capstick, 57, dies in a five-vehicle crash on the A47 near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire
- Three women die in a crash between a car and a lorry on the A15 near Baston in Lincolnshire
- A homeless man, known locally as Ben, is found dead near a church in Retford in Nottinghamshire
The weather will continue to warm up and any snow will be confined to hills and mountains by the end of the day, the Met Office said.
Forecaster Mark Wilson said: 'There will be a noticeable change in the weather, it will be less cold and there will be less snow and ice. We are now going to see slightly less cold and milder weather.
'By Monday afternoon the temperature could be in double figures. There is a snow and ice warning for most of Scotland, through the day the snow will be restricted to the higher ground.'
He added: 'We can get these quite abrupt change in temperatures because of a change in wind direction. From Monday there will be a more southerly flow with milder conditions.'
Met Office meteorologist Emma Sillitoe added: 'There is a likelihood of quite a lot of surface water around from snow melting over the coming days. There could also be some coastal flooding in southern England.'
The risk of flooding due to higher than normal tides remains for coastal towns and villages around parts of the south coast, south-west England and the Severn and Wye estuaries today.
Melting snow has already caused floods on roads in the South and South West of England. And the A379 coastal road in Devon was partially closed after being hit by 16ft waves from Storm Emma.
The cold snap is expected to have caused a 'huge rise' in excess winter deaths, according to a charity which campaigns against fuel poverty. At least 14 deaths have so far been attributed to the cold spell.
A yellow weather warning for ice issued by the Met Office was in place for areas including Cumbria until 11am today. It said: 'Icy stretches will continue to be likely on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.
'In addition, some hill snow is likely at times mainly over the Pennines, although amounts are expected to be small.
'Driving conditions may become difficult and there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.
Speaking about the problems in Cumbria, county council leader Stewart Young said: 'We have some communities who have now been stranded for five days and we have to do all we can to ensure that they are safe and well.
'Despite our very best efforts and our crews working day and night we are experiencing ongoing significant challenges in accessing some of our communities.
Flooding in the streets of Fowey in Cornwall yesterday as the country faces more than 30 flood alerts and warnings
A burst main in Danbury, Essex, as the South East recovers from the final blasts of Storm Emma and the 'Beast from the East'
Residents of Rotherfield, East Sussex, gather in the rain to collect water bottles supplied by South East Water yesterday
An abandoned car at Belah Bridge in Cumbria yesterday as the military are called in to provide help in the county
Residents in Crowborough, Sussex, were forced to queue for bottled water as people were urged to use water sparingly
Thames Water said that tens of thousands of homes were without water after a number of water mains burst around London
Engineers attended multiple burst sites, including this one in Devonshire Place, near Regent's Park in London yesterday
Which schools in Britain are closed due to water issues today?
- Fircroft Primary School in Tooting
- Ernest Bevin College in Tooting
- Ravenstone Primary School in Balham
- Streatham Wells School
- Sydenham High Junior School
- Kelvin Grove School in Sydenham
- Cayley Primary School in Tower Hamlets
- Ashdown Primary School, Crowborough - just infant site
- Beacon Academy, Crowborough - just Green Lane site
- Five Ashes Church of England Primary School
- Mark Cross Church of England Primary School, Crowborough
- Mayfield Church of England Primary School
- Rotherfield Primary School
- St Mark's Church of England Primary School, Hadlow Down
- Kemsley Primary Academy in Sittingbourne
- Meadowfield School in Sittingbourne
- Canterbury Road Primary School in Sittingbourne
- Borden Grammar School in Sittingbourne
- South Avenue Primary School in Sittingbourne
- Bournville College
- University of Birmingham School, Edgbaston - closed to just Y7-9
- Droylsden Academy
- Exwick Heights School in Exeter
- Church Langton Primary School
- Mark Rutherford School, Bedford
- Mabel Prichard Secondary School in Oxford
- Hillside Primary School in Ipswich
'The depth of snow and the challenging nature of the terrain is making progress on clearing roads exceptionally slow.
'As a result it is estimated that it will be at least 48 hours before we reach many more of these communities hence the need to bring in military assistance and we are very grateful for their help.'
Wing Commander Lane added: 'The Chinook helicopter gives the partnership another dimension to be able to deliver vital supplies by air to areas that are cut off by other means.'
On Saturday, freezing rain and high winds left hundreds of homes without power, while the thawing conditions caused a number of pipes to burst on the Isle of Wight, Southern Water said.
Icicles caused damage to overhead cables in Bishopton tunnel in Scotland, while North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue knocked down dangerous shards of ice overhanging a footpath.
On the railways, many operators were running a reduced service yesterday and Great Western Railway routes in Wiltshire and Dorset were closed due to flooding. Other lines were blocked due to snow and ice in the North.
In Scotland, areas are slowly emerging from the aftermath of the snow. Communities yesterday rallied round to begin the mammoth task of clearing several feet of snow – often relying on old-fashioned spadework.
And shoppers have been assured that supermarket shelves emptied by panic buyers will soon be restocked.
At the weekend, many motorists took to the road for the first time in days following police warnings not to travel.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: 'Conditions have improved significantly in many areas, but I would urge the public to remain vigilant. Yellow weather warnings are still in place across all but the most westerly parts.'
Meanwhile a Government minister said companies should 'look kindly' on employees who were unable to travel to work during last week's severe weather.
Kit Malthouse, a Work and Pensions minster, was speaking to the Daily Telegraph after reports of people being threatened with a loss of pay for not making it to work as the Beast from the East gripped the country.
His call echoes that of Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, who said he would be 'extremely disappointed' if employers docked the wages of those who did not travel during the red weather warning.
Mr Malthouse told the newspaper: 'I'm quite sure that employers will look kindly on those who were snowed in and I know the hard working British workforce will want to make up the time too.'
Public transport was suspended and people were told not to drive from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning across the central belt of Scotland, with the travel network largely paralysed until the end of the week due to heavy snow.
Mr Yousaf told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland: 'Frankly I'd be extremely disappointed if employers chose to dock wages for somebody because they couldn't travel during the red weather warning.
'I've had a number of emails from individuals that they were facing disciplinary or potential docking of wages.
'Now that's just simply not an acceptable situation when the government and police and other agencies joined together to give very crisp, very clear advice it's not for our own good, it's for the safety of the public.'
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Shoppers' fury as Londis supermarket charges £3 for a loaf of BREAD during Storm Emma
Newport councillor Stephen Marshall said he had been contacted by constituents who claimed the store had raised its bread prices
Customers are threatening to boycott a local shop after it charged £3 for a loaf of bread during the severe weather.
The Londis store in Newport, South Wales, has been criticised after a customer posted a photograph of a receipt from the shop. The receipt appears to show that the customer paid £6 for two loaves of Hovis bread from the store.
The shop said it had to cover costs after paying extra to suppliers and claimed they helped the community by staying open for 17 hours during the bad weather.
Writing on the shop's Facebook page, Sarah Lewis said: 'Three pound for one loaf of bread, talk about kicking people when they are down and lining your pockets. There are people out there trying to help others doing good deeds for people in need and you think of your bank balance. Certainly won't use your store ever again.'
Paul Jones added: 'Charging £3 for a loaf of bread. What an absolute liberty. You are praying on the vulnerable who can't get out. Absolute joke of a shop.'
Sandra Nurden wrote: 'If I could score zero then that's what you would get. Hang your head in shame, the price is why you still have bread when every other shop has sold out. Hope it doesn't get sold and you're left with it. Shame on you.'
Another reviewer, Kelly Jones, said: 'I have never used your shop and never will. Absolute daylight robbery charging £3 for a loaf of bread. You have every day people out there going above and beyond for workers and the vulnerable people of our communities then there are people like you taking full advantage of your community by charging ridiculous prices for items that people have struggled to get. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves.'
Newport councillor Stephen Marshall said he had been contacted by constituents who claimed the store had raised its prices for bread.
The Londis shop in Newport, South Wales (pictured), said it had to cover costs after paying extra to suppliers and claimed they helped the community by staying open for 17 hours during the bad weather.
Mr Marshall said: 'I have been informed the store was charging three times more than the normal price because of the weather situation. Looking at the situation as a ward representative, I am looking to seek clarification from Londis that they accept this and at a time of need for their customers.'
Mr Marshall said he would also be contacting the council's trading standards team about complaints that milk was not labelled at the store.
The manager of Londis on Bassaleg Road, who did not wish to be named, said: 'There's too many people with their own opinions who don't even shop here and are speaking when we paid extortionately for bread yesterday and were open 17 hours. We were so busy, short staffed and were helping the community then have to listen to being called all this.
'We help our locals, we sell cheap products, we stock a variety that not a lot of small shops have. We open 15 to 17 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and we never over charge anyone. We at Londis support and try our best to get products in store to help the community get their essentials and we had three trays of bread and we've been spoken to like this. Also we went out our way at 7am to drive to our suppliers. We wish we didn't now.'
Couple spend five hours building a 'party igloo' in their back garden complete with wine, music and pillows after being hit by 20 inches of snow
A couple have built a 'party igloo' in their back garden in the snow complete with wine, music and pillows.
Andrew and Laura Morris, of Tredegar, South Wales, wanted to make the most of the snow drifts and the enforced time off work, so made the impressive glacial abode complete with electricity.
Mrs Morris, 32, whose husband set about building the igloo initially without her knowledge, said: 'He told me he was going out to clear the back yard and was gone an awful long time.
Laura and Andrew Morris, from Tredegar, South Wales, made the most of the blizzard conditions by building this igloo
The couple built a 'party igloo' in their back garden in the snow complete with wine, music and pillows
The couple built wanted to make the most of the snow drifts and the enforced time off work, so decided to build the igloo
So impressive was their party igloo that Mr Morris had even rigged up electricity from the house to the improvised ice home
'Two hours later he came back in and started collecting bits and pieces from the house. I had wondered what he was up to so when I asked him what he was doing he said to come and have a look.
Mrs Morris (left, pictured with her husband Andrew) said the party igloo took some time to complete but it was worth it
'I couldn't believe it when I saw he had built an igloo. He's always been creative and can turn his hand to most things, but even I was surprised by what he had constructed.'
Mrs Morris, a sales team leader at EE in Merthyr, said the party igloo took some time to complete but it was worth it. Andrew went out in the garden at about 10am and it took about five hours to finish. There was enough snow.
'When we opened the back door first thing on that Friday morning and the snow was up to our waists, we couldn't believe it. We'd had over 50cm of snow, so what better way to shift it than having some fun?'
So impressive was their party igloo that Mr Morris, 37, a fork lift driver for an engineering company in Ebbw Vale, had even rigged up electricity from the house to the improvised ice home.
His wife said: 'It was pretty impressive. We spent ages in there although I had to make sure everything was neatly arranged, to make it comfortable. Andrew ran the electricity through the house and we had music, lighting and candles.'
The pair then invited family and friends over to enjoy the igloo. Mrs Morris added:'We had family and their children come and see it. People were commenting on Facebook when we put pictures up and it caused quite a stir.
'Our dog, a King Charles Spaniel called Bailey, also loved it and came and snuggled up in there with us. We had a few drinks and some music, it was fantastic. We had run out of milk so were forced to drink wine!'
Furious motorists blast traffic wardens for handing out £50 parking tickets to cars left stranded in two feet of snow
A parking warden tickets snow-covered cars in Pwllheli, Wales
Furious motorists have blasted traffic wardens for handing out tickets to cars covered in snow.
The cars were left at short notice by workers in Pwllheli, North Wales, caught out by the heaviest snowfall to hit the area in a generation.
Around 2ft of snow fell on nearby villages such as Aberdaron and Mynytho and many villages, such as Abersoch, were effectively cut off, forcing people to abandon their vehicles.
But when people returned to pick up their cars when the weather eased on Saturday at least five cars had been issued with £50 parking tickets. The actions of the traffic warden sparked a furious reaction.
Liz Williams said: 'Given that several roads in the area remained closed due to the exceptional weather circumstances it is quite possible some of the owners had to leave the cars in Pwllheli.
'I was on High Street when the traffic warden was there and she was making notes of number plates on cars that had obviously been there overnight as they were still covered in snow.'
Ms Williams said all the vehicles were properly parked and were not causing an obstruction.
A Gwynedd Council spokesman said: 'Anyone who believes they have been unfairly issued a parking ticket can appeal by following the advice on their ticket. All appeals are thoroughly assessed on their merits and consideration given to the individual circumstances.'
There was also an angry backlash online. Writing on Facebook, Donna Carl Salkeld said: 'That's a disgrace in weather like this. They know people can't move their cars from some places. Couldn't believe she (the warden) was out!'
Lester Hughes said: 'It's a little bit shameful, when Pwllheli is just getting back on its feet from some of the worst weather in years, that someone would consider making a profit out of them being stuck in snow.'
Union attacks 'rotten' rail franchising system as MPs are urged to ask questions over compensation for train companies following weather chaos
MPs are being urged to raise in Parliament how much money train companies have been given in compensation for the weather-related transport chaos.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) criticised the system under which Network Rail will have to pay out to private rail companies.
General secretary Mick Cash said: 'RMT is demanding to know how much the taxpayer has shovelled in to the pockets of the private train companies during the adverse weather over the past week under our rotten rail franchising system.
A Thameslink train runs through the snow in London last week as the capital was hit by severe conditions
'The whole racket on our railways was rigged from the off by the Tories so that the profits are privatised and the risks are carried by the public.
'It's a scandal that has led to a bail-out culture on our railways which is being exploited by the train operators while passengers are freezing in luggage racks on broken-down trains.
'RMT will be raising this issue with the unions' parliamentary group and we are demanding answers and not the usual hot air we have come to expect from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and this Government.'
No trains were able to run to Dumbarton Central train station in Scotland last week as it was hit by deep snow
A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group said: 'These payments are overseen by the rail regulator which says that they keep costs down for taxpayers and farepayers, and they are completely separate from the money customers rightly receive for delays.
'The payments compensate train operators for lost revenue when fewer people travel due to disruption and they encourage rail companies to work together to improve punctuality.'
Man, 20, who died after falling over in the snow is remembered as a 'friendly guy' with a 'beautiful mind'
Matt Watt, 20, of Haddington, East Lothian, was crossing Nungate Bridge in the town when he fell over on Friday morning
A 20-year-old man who died after falling over in the snow as Britain was hit by the Beast from the East and Storm Emma was today praised by friends as a 'big, friendly guy'.
Matt Watt, of Haddington, East Lothian, was crossing Nungate Bridge in the town when he fell over on Friday morning. Locals who were crossing the bridge rushed to try to resuscitate him, but said he turned blue.
Mr Watt was given oxygen in an ambulance and was later taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but died shortly after. He was praised on social media as 'one of the good guys' who had 'a beautiful mind', as the news spread.
His mother Mandy Watt wrote on her Facebook page last Friday: 'Sadly Matt passed away suddenly earlier today. He was loved very much and will be sadly missed.' Other locals were quick to pay tribute to the young man.
Connor Mason wrote: 'So sad, RIP big fella. It's really unexpected and saddening, really unfair that he's been taken away from us. I'll certainly miss the big friendly guy and it won't be the same.'
Dan Algeo added: 'So sad to hear this. Matt was one of the good guys. My thoughts are with the whole family.'
And James Ross said: 'This boy had a beautiful mind and made people believe amazing wonderful things about themselves. I will miss you man. Let's bring peace to the world.'
Padraig Quinn posted: 'Rest in peace brother taken far too soon.' Naomi Pearson added: 'I can't get over this, he was my world. I'll miss him so much actually can't stop crying.'
Nungate Bridge was covered in snow amid the severe weather that caused chaos across Britain last week. Police and ambulance staff attended the scene and tried to help him for around an hour.
One local, who was at the scene, said on social media after the incident: 'I was there when the man fell. We were trying to keep him warm and had to resuscitate him we left when ambulance came. Very scary, he was blue.'
An employee from the Waterside Bistro restaurant, next to the bridge, added: 'We had popped out to help with some blankets and I know he was taken away in an ambulance but we didn't know what happened after that.
'A lot of local residents were around him. I know the bridge has been quite well salted and shovelled.'
A Police Scotland spokesman said last Friday: 'Police in East Lothian attended at the Nungate Bridge in Haddington at around 10.45am following reports of a man having taken unwell.
'The 20-year-old was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he sadly passed away. This death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.'
Shifting sands reveal amazing forest beneath the sea dating back 7,000 years
The severe weather conditions in Britain have uncovered an ancient forest which usually lies hidden under sand.
The woodland in Redcar, Cleveland, dates back 7,000 years and is very rarely visible, but the extreme weather has shifted the sand - meaning that the ancient tree stumps and felled logs can now clearly be seen on the shore.
Although only a stretch of around 400 yards has emerged, the forest runs for several miles along the coastline.
The 'petrified' woodland in Redcar, Cleveland, dates back 7,000 years and is very rarely visible
The extreme weather has shifted the sand - meaning that the ancient tree stumps and felled logs can now clearly be seen
The severe weather conditions in Britain have uncovered the ancient forest which usually lies hidden under sand.
Although only a stretch of around 400 yards has emerged, the forest runs for several miles along the coastline
Flint tools and other implements have also been found, suggesting that humans once lived and hunted among the trees
Hartlepool lifeboatman Garry Waugh, who has lived in the area all his life, said: 'I last saw the forest when I was ten years old. That was around 40 years ago. There was a school trip and we were taken down to see it.
'I remember being memorised. It's amazing that this has appeared again. I think it must be because of the weather. The rough seas will have scooped out the sand and the wind will have blown it away.'
It is thought the woodland, known as a petrified forest, was first noticed in 1871, and the bones of deer and wild boar have been discovered there.
Flint tools and other implements have also been found, suggesting that humans once lived and hunted among the oak, beech, birch and sycamore trees.
The forest existed in the late Mesolithic period, which was a time of hunting and gathering for humans. It is referred to as a 'petrified' forest as over the years the vegetation has completely turned to stone.
Village cricket club launches a crowdfunding campaign after burst water tap led to flooding and ceiling collapse
A village cricket club has been forced to launch a crowdfunding campaign after a burst water tap led to flooding and a collapsed ceiling.
James Swann, 30, a member of Huncote Cricket Club's sports club committee in Leicestershire, said the damage had been discovered yesterday.
He added: 'Much of the ceiling in the main clubhouse is still damp so we are unsure how safe that is currently and also much of the carpet is completely sodden and will probably need replacing.'
Huncote Cricket Club in Leicestershireh as been forced to launch a crowdfunding campaign after a burst water tap led to flooding and a collapsed ceiling
Huncote Cricket Club has told of the severe damage to its clubhouse in Leicestershire caused by a burst water pipe
Mr Swann said he was unsure how much it would cost the club, but said he was concerned not all of the damage would be covered by their insurance.
He added: 'We had around 15 volunteers down yesterday morning helping mop and sweep out excess water. We are also unsure if we can host football fixtures this weekend or next week due to it, which will hit takings on the bar.
'We then had to rip out some of the carpets that were really bad and some of the wet insulation from out of the loft to allow the ceiling to dry,' Mr Swann said.
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