Clean-up operation continues after winds bring down 150 trees across West Cheshire
13 February 2014Council teams are today (Thursday) continuing the clean-up operation after working throughout the night to deal with damage caused by the gale force winds.
Highways and Streetscene staff responded to reports of approximately 150 fallen trees across the borough.
Reports began coming in shortly after 4pm and teams worked round the clock to remove trees and unblock roads.
In several communities local residents stepped in to help to clear roads and footpaths.
Gangs with road sweepers are out across the borough today to clear away any remaining debris.
Four roads remain closed today after fallen trees brought down electricity cables: Utkinton Lane, Tarporley; Wet Lane, Tilston; Barrow Lane, Barrow; and Rake Lane, Backford.
The Council is working closely with Scottish Power and will remove the trees as soon as the cables have been made safe.
Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Localities, said: “I would like to pay tribute to our Highways and Streetscene teams who worked throughout the night to deal with an unprecedented number of fallen trees.
“The winds were somewhat stronger in West Cheshire than forecast so the damage was more widespread than we had anticipated.
“Despite having to redeploy staff to clearing so many trees, our Highways teams still managed to complete overnight gritting across all the usual routes.”
Added Councillor Riley: “I would also like to say a heartfelt thank you to the many local residents who braved the unpleasant conditions to clear debris.
“It is very gratifying to see that community spirit is very much alive and well in West Cheshire.”
Dorin Park in Upton has a boiler fault whilst Tarporley Church of England Primary School and Tarporley High School and Sixth form College are both without electricity, heating and hot water.
Closures have also been confirmed at Farndon Primary, Delamere Primary, Kelsall Primary and Antrobus St Marks Primary.
It was estimated at midnight last night that power cuts had affected approximately 12,500 properties across Cheshire.
Orchard residential park at Elton, which has a number of elderly residents, has been without power since 5pm yesterday. The Council is liaising with Scottish Power to ensure that supplies are restored as early as possible.
Social Care staff responded to a small number of vulnerable people overnight who were affected by power cuts.