Thousands of German, Irish and British snowploughs helped clear roadways on Monday but the massive disruption was also the work of dozens of men slogging through the snow through the night and causing havoc for shocked walkers and ambulance workers in remote villages.
Gillian Russell, a farmer, told The Telegraph of her ordeal of the last two days.
“First of all I thought it was my rabbits just going out again but the track is blocked so there are no rabbits anywhere.”
With her animals in the house, she tried to call for help but was told that the police and firefighters were the ones with equipment and therefore were the authority.
“It felt like a nightmare,” said Ms. Russell. “A lot of people have had rescues here. I got up at 5am and it’s getting dark now so hopefully my goats will all be out.”
Meanwhile a firefighter in Westonbirt, Somerset, Matthew Moore told The Telegraph that:
“Our crews are here on a 12-hour round to help and have rescued 40 people. The majority are people trying to cross roads or trying to walk to outhouses to take animal food or just pick up firewood.”
Also the Met Office said snowfall had ended in Wales and England on Monday evening. However there were an additional 72,000 vehicles still stuck in traffic.