A heroic effort by a Rhondda community helped to dig out two snow-trapped ambulance crews and a paramedic team trying to help sick elderly patients.

Much of Wales woke to snow on Sunday amid a yellow weather warning for wintery conditions.

The snow and icy roads ended up trapping a number of ambulance crews on a Treherbert street who were trying to reach a nursing home.

A 40-strong team of neighbours went to get quad bikes and grit to help the struggling ambulances crews

But within minutes of the people living in Ninian Street sending out a Facebook alert to neighbours that the crews were trapped on the hill, men were out with their shovels.

Others came with their quad bikes to help the ambulance crews to get up the hill to Ty Ross nursing home.

Mum-of-five and resident Bethan Hewitt said the actions of the 40-strong neighbourhood team had been incredible.

She said: “It was amazing how quickly a community came together - it was the Rhondda at its best.

“At 9.50am this morning there was an ambulance stuck on the hill, within minutes men on quad bikes were here after it went out on Facebook messenger. The crews had to leave their ambulances.

“All the men were out with their shovels, they had to take the crews on their quad bikes with their gear to Ty Ross.

“Another ambulance got stuck and hit a car as it went back down the hill, there was slight damage.

“A paramedic was also stuck and wasn’t able to get up the hill.”

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She added: “A gentleman came in a Jeep to get to the front of the ambulance.

“There’s a giant grit box at the top of the street and they were filling sled fulls of grit to put on the road.

“Some as young as 14 and 15 were helping, there were 40 people helping, it was fantastic.”

Since lockdown, the neighbours have been chatting with each other through group chats for Ninian Street.

They managed to help the crews get to the elderly patients and on their way again within 40 minutes

Mrs Hewitt added said: “With covid we have a group chat in Ninian Street. By the time the crews came back the road was gritted and the ambulances were dugout.

“It’s a horrific hill and we go through this every year, with the most vulnerable people in the care homes you would think it was gritted.

“It was so fantastic everything was done and dusted within 40 minutes and then they came to grit the hill.”

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Wales Online has requested a comment from the ambulance service on the rescue.