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Fire and Rescue Service deals with nearly 400 calls so far - Storm Eunice Update

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has dealt with nearly 400 calls since the start of Storm Eunice this morning.

We have attended collapsed buildings, overturned vehicles, large trees that have been brought down by the high winds as well as small fires and other incidents happening across the county.

Area Manager Neil Fenwick said: “It’s been an incredibly busy day but our teams have responded well. Our planning meant that we had all of our teams where we needed them and we were able to react quickly to help people and keep them safe. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone, our staff and firefighters, who are doing their jobs brilliantly and to the residents of Essex who are doing what we asked - staying home and staying safe."

Neil adds: “We are not finished yet. The winds will continue to be strong into this evening and the weekend looks set for gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

“Please do keep following our safety advice and stay safe Essex.”


Advice to follow:

  • Check your car regularly to make sure it’s safe to drive - this includes tyres, oil levels and water
  • Always prepare for your journey by checking weather updates and road closures before leaving
  • Never drive while under the influence of drink or drugs or while using a mobile phone
  • Always wear a seatbelt
  • Take it slower on the roads in wet, windy and icy weather and leave a larger braking distance between cars
  • Never drive into flood water
  • Download the what3words app to help you find, share and save your precise location if you need help from the emergency services while you're out. what3words
  • Remember, only call 999 if there is a risk to life.
  • Ensure your property and garden furniture is well secured
  • If you find a fallen tree or other debris blocking the road, report online here
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