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Authorities on Stand By for Wind Damage in East Riding


6:33pm 18th April 2013

East Riding of Yorkshire Council will again have staff and equipment on stand by at its depots as high winds continue to affect the East Riding, with forecasts indicating more of the same over the next 24 hours.

The council’s grounds maintenance team deployed two forestry standby crews last night to operate outside normal working hours, to respond to call outs, and dealt with a number of reports of fallen trees, including two in the Hessle area, one in Seaton and one in Rawcliffe Road, Goole.

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services, said: “As well as the call outs last night from residents and our partners in the emergency services, our grounds maintenance teams have also been busy today clearing fallen trees, branches and other debris from the highway network.

“The council is taking a proactive approach in dealing with the current spell of high winds, with some wind speeds in excess of 50 mph, and will continue to remain vigilant until the wind decreases.

“The council recently completed an asset survey of all the trees in the East Riding as part of its overall forestry management across the area.”

To report a fallen tree on the highway network or to inform the council of a tree at risk, call (01482) 393939.

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