Tree uprooted as Storm Desmond hits Peterborough

Storm damage , tree blown down at Broadway, Yaxley EMN-150612-183456009
Storm damage , tree blown down at Broadway, Yaxley EMN-150612-183456009

Strong winds hit Peterborough over the weekend causing a tree to be uprooted in Yaxley along with the closure of Bourges Boulevard in the city centre.

The large tree was blown over in Broadway, Yaxley, as Storm Desmond hit.

Storm damage , Poundland in the city centre where Bourges Boulevard was closed EMN-150612-184207009

Storm damage , Poundland in the city centre where Bourges Boulevard was closed EMN-150612-184207009

There were traffic delays throughout the city as Bourges Boulevard was closed outside Poundland at Bridge Street after winds caused damage to a building.

Debris including broken glass was blown on to the street from the damaged building.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “Bourges Boulevard closed from Crescent Bridge to pedestrians and vehicles to St Peters Road

“The Fire service were called to assist.

“The road re-opened on December 6 at 1.30pm.”

Bourges Boulevard was closed between Queensgate roundabout and Rivergate roundabout for traffic heading away from the bus station.

Trevor Robbins-Pratt, who runs Peterborough Weather Watch said: “It was pretty windy from Friday through to Sunday in Peterborough.

“There were not really strong gusts - it was a constant wind.

“On Saturday there were wind speeds of up to 58mph in Peterborough, which is really strong.

“I am surprised we did not get more reports of trees being uprooted, as the ground will have been saturated from the rain we have had recently, and will not have had chance to dry.

“Over the next few days it is looking unsettled, but it will not be as bad as we have seen this weekend. It will remain mild - the first five days of December have been about five degrees above the average, with temperatures at about 11 or 12 degrees, rather than seven.”

The north of the UK suffered the worst of the weather, with floods and stronger winds caused by Storm Desmond.

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