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Crews on hand as storm Pia batters North East Lincolnshire

1:57 pm, Thursday, 21st December 2023 - 7 months ago

Environment and community safety

Trees have fallen over and bins have been blown over as crews tackle the strong winds faced by Storm Pia.

Three teams are out working and have already attended a number of incidents as they work to reopen affected highways. These include:

  • Ferriby lane, Grimsby – Tree cleared from both highway and road
  • Woodrow Park, Grimsby – Private tree fallen over with contractors in attendance  
  • Station road, Healing – Private tree fallen over with contractors in attendance  
  • Barton street A18 – Large tree cleared between Main Road round about near Barnoldy Le Beck and Ashby Hill roundabout
  • Park street, Grimsby – large tree limb hanging
  • Welholme road, Grimsby – large tree limb obstructing carriage way

The strong winds are set to last until the New Year with gusts over 40mph and a yellow weather warning currently in place.

Saturday, 23 December, is predicted to have the strongest wind with speeds between 40 and 43mph throughout the day.

Winds begin to calm down from Christmas day onwards with speeds of below 20mph. During strong winds, it’s recommended to check loose items such as bins, plant pots and trampolines and see how they may be secured. People should also bring in their bins once they’ve been emptied

It’s also advised that you plan journeys before leaving and are well aware of any travel updates having packed essentials should the worst happen.

Whilst driving, motorists should drive slowly and be aware of high sided vehicles and be cautious when overtaking.

For those near the coast, make sure to check tidal times and take care when walking by cliffs. However, it’s advised to stay indoors where possible to reduce the risk of injury and call 999 in an emergency.

Across the region, the Humber Bridge has also been closed to high sided vehicles and both footways are currently off limits to the public and cyclists.

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: “I commend our crews for their services during the adverse weather conditions and ask the public to stay safe.

“If you are travelling, please be cautious and prepare. Make sure any loose items are secured and should you encounter any fallen trees on public land don’t hesitate to contact the Council.”

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