Snowy Belfast – PBCC get stuck into it..
When the snow warning came for Northern Ireland the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Rapid Relief Team (RRT) knew it was going to be a busy weekend. It had snowed all day Friday and throughout the night it continued to snow heavily. To make things worse, the wind had built up causing drifts of up to 8 foot high, leaving many cars stranded and many homes without power or water, especially in the more rural areas.
Daylight came and the Belfast RRT sprang into action. They put five 4×4 vehicles out and over 25 men with snow shovels and set to work on the big clear up.
The RRT Team Leader, Adrian Hughes said “Throughout the whole weekend our team worked long and hard to make at least 6 roads passable, cleared more than 25 driveways and dug out over 20 vehicles including an oil tanker, a Tesco van and a gritter lorry”.
However this wasn’t where the RRT members stopped. Many other activities took place throughout the course of the weekend; they delivered supplies to old age pensioners including medication, cared for a bed ridden man as his carers weren’t able to get near his house for 36 hours and provided shelter and food to those without power. Adrian went on to say “One anxious lady we came across was the senior registrar at the Belfast City Hall and had to get to work as there were 3 weddings scheduled for that day. When one of our team offered to take her there, she couldn’t believe her luck”.
They even opened their church car park on Monday morning to facilitate parking for some local businesses.