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Hertfordshire highways and fire service receive almost 300 reports of fallen trees as Storm Eunice sweeps across county

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Hertfordshire's highways team had received more than 175 reports of fallen trees by 2.30pm as high winds from Storm Eunice caused disruption in the Bishop's Stortford area and the rest of the county on Friday (Feb 18).

With the area placed on a red weather warning from 10am to 3pm by the Met Office, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service also received over 100 calls to unsafe structures and fallen trees.

The county council closed all of its household waste recycling centres, including the one in Stortford; all family centres; seven libraries, including Sawbridgeworth's but not Stortford's; and two coronavirus testing sites. An up-to-date list of county council services affected by Storm Eunice can be found at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/stormeunice.

A beech tree blocks Pig Lane in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Jamie Halford (54982183)
A beech tree blocks Pig Lane in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Jamie Halford (54982183)

Alex Woodman, the county's chief fire officer and director of community protection, said: “I’d like to thank all our colleagues across the emergency services and all the crews, from both our highways and fire services, who have been out in the storm responding to incidents and helping to keep people safe.

“We’re prioritising the most hazardous incidents, so it will take a while for us to deal with everything, and it may take several days to complete the clear-up.

"We’re expecting the high winds to continue into the night, so please continue to stay at home if you can and be extremely careful if you do have to go out.”

You can report fallen trees on roads or paths via www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/faultreporting. Power cuts and fallen power lines should be reported to UK Power Networks by calling 105. In an emergency, or if there is a risk to life, call 999.

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