ALMOST £1million has been set aside by Flintshire Council to deal with any winter freeze.
Later than normal snowfall in March this year meant the bill for last winter’s clear-up in the county ran to about £1million.
Now the council says it has 10,000 tonnes of grit stored up for the coming months.
Reports surfaced last week suggesting plummeting temperatures and blizzard conditions could grip the country next month.
The Met Office has refuted claims in national newspapers that November could see record levels of snow, stating the science does not exist to forecast weather so far in advance.
But the council said it is better prepared for potential cold snaps after experiencing unprecedented levels of snowfall earlier in the year.
As well as the 10,000 tonnes of salt, the Alltami and Halkyn depots are also home to a fleet of 14 large HGV gritters ready to help keep Flintshire roads clear.
Steve Jones, Flintshire’s head of Streetscene, said: “The council provides a winter maintenance budget from its overall funding allocation which is sufficient to deal with average winter conditions. The budgeted figure for winter maintenance is £998,595.
“The council will have approximately 10,000 tonnes of rock salt in stock for the start of the winter season which is more than the total amount used during an average winter.
“The stocks are also replenished by our supplier as they are used.”
Aside from the council’s 14 HGV gritters, the unitary body also operates three contract gritters and five smaller gritting units. All of these are prepared and ready for when winter bites.
But having come under fire for its response to the difficult task of maintaining the county’s B-roads and car parks in the wake of this spring’s late snow, the council maintains it has learnt from the experience of having to deal with such a large and sudden hit of snow.
“The snowfall in March and April this year was exceptional but despite this the main routes throughout the county remained open throughout the period,” added Mr Jones.
“The council always strives to learn from these events, particularly as many of the staff involved had not experienced snow falls of this level before.”