Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


High winds - incidents round up

18/01/2018 @ 04:30
Incident Number: 18012018

The Service's Control teams and firefighters across Essex dealt with around 50 weather related incidents between 4.30am - 9.30am today when the wind was at its strongest.

Many of the calls have required our attendance after structures were damaged and trees and overhead cables had been brought down which has left the area unsafe.

A selection of the incidents of note will be added below.

4:54am | Roof from row of houses damaged | Firefighters were called to Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden to a row of terrace houses after the roof was completely removed by the wind. Crews made the scene safe and left it in the care of the maintenance company by 5:27.

5:23am | HGV overturned by winds | Firefighters were called to the M11, northbound between junction 9 and junction 10 after an HGV overturned in the winds. Firefighters reported that no one was trapped and made the scene safe by 5.49am.

5:51am | Eight metre tree blocks road | Crews were called to Swan Street, Sible Hedingham, after a tree was brought down and took power cables with it. Firefighters worked with Essex Highways to remove the tree and UK Power Networks to ensure the power cables were safe.

5:59am | Tree falls on houses | Crews were called to Canons Brook, Harlow, after a large tree fell on a row of terrace houses. Although the residents were in at the time no one was hurt ad firefighters made the scene safe by 6.34am.

6:15am | Power cables on fire | Firefighters were called to Station Road, Felsted, after a tree was brought down by high winds and fell on to power cables, creating a small fire in the road. Crews worked with UK Power Network to make the scene safe.

7:55am | Row of garages damaged | Firefighters were called to Jones Close, Southend, after the flat roof from a row of garages was blown off and hit the house opposite. Firefighters advised that the local authority would need to be contacted.

8:03am | Collapsed chimney | Crews were called to Agate Road, Clacton on Sea, after a chimney collapsed in the winds. Firefighters confirmed that it was no longer safe for the residents to stay in their property and assisted in making the scene safe.

12:44pm | Collapsed chimney | Crews were called to a house after reports of a damaged chimney in a dangerous position. Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to reach the chimney and make it safe by 2.15pm.

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