Storm Ciara: More than 750 calls to police due to road closures, uprooted trees and fire spreading in the wind

Police received more than 750 calls due to Storm Ciara, the force has revealed.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 1:55 pm

Cambridgeshire police tweeted this morning: “#StormCiara has been wreaking havoc, with a number of road closures , many uprooted trees and a fire, which spread in the wind . Officers have been working hard to keep people safe , while call handlers have taken more than 750 999 calls.”

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service added: “Big shout out to staff in our Combined Fire Control. They’ve had an incredibly busy day taking mostly weather related 999 calls for Cambs and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. They do an amazing job and there’s been no let up.”

A Peterborough City Council spokesman said: “Since Sunday we have received and dealt with 46 calls, ranging from fallen branches to fallen trees.

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“We would encourage people to report any incidents to us on 01733 747474 or online at www.peterborough.gov.uk.”

The Met Office has revealed that the strongest gust recorded yesterday at its station in Wittering was 67mph at noon.

A fallen tree in Silverwood Road

And the weather caused huge disruption with roads across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire being blocked due to uprooted trees, including the A47 at Wansford, Holme Road and the A1M.

Wisbech Town Football Club also saw one of its stands collapse, while an out of control bonfire spread in the winds, forcing Willow Hall Lane in Thorney to be closed on Saturday evening.

The wind remains strong today with gusts of more than 40mph, but the amber weather warning from the Met Office is no longer in place.