Dr McLeod commented:
“Since Friday very many emergency workers, Council staff and volunteers have been working hard to tackle the worst affects of the very severe weather.
“They have been met with very challenging conditions including massive snow drifts and I know that some roads are still closed altogether and others are passable only with great care.
“There is no question that this weekend’s weather will have been amongst the most extreme the region has faced in a long time.
“Even as the worst of the snow starts to clear over Sunday and the next few days, people can help the emergency services by considering whether they really need to travel and checking on vulnerable neighbours.
“But we should spare a thought for the people who have been working long hours since Friday to try and keep the region going and also the volunteers who have helped rescue people stuck in the snow or taken people into hospital. I for one am hugely grateful for their efforts.”