Storm winds in Brixton bring down more than 40 trees

Written by on October 28, 2013 in Community, Council, News, Uncategorized - 1 Comment
DOWNED: Trees cover the pavement in Brixton this morning. Picture by James Mackintosh, investment editor, Financial Times (@jmackin2)

DOWNED: Trees cover the pavement in Brixton this morning. Picture by James Mackintosh, investment editor, Financial Times (@jmackin2)

Storm-force winds have brought down more than 40 trees in Lambeth overnight, blocking roads and leaving children’s clubs closed today.

Lambeth council said its parks team is evaluating more unsafe trees this morning as an ongoing process.

See our picture round-up of the storm damage.

The south circular was closed near Roupell Road after a tree fell across the street.

DAMAGE: This pic of a downed tree was taken by Lucy Keeler (@LucyAstrid) on Twitter.

DAMAGE: This pic of a downed tree was taken by Lucy Keeler (@LucyAstrid) on Twitter.

Gusts in central Brixton reached nearly 60mph overnight, according to Lambeth Meters, a weather station situated at the top of Blue Star House, in Stockwell Road. The Lambeth Meters twitter account tweeted this morning: “The strongest gust this morning has been 57.6 mph we have had 16 mm of rain over the past 10 hours – it was a storm!”

Cllr Sally Prentice, from Lambeth council, said: “Our teams have been working hard overnight and this morning to tackle the disruption caused by the storm. At least 40 trees across the borough were brought down and we have been working with the police and fire brigade to minimise disruption.

“In one incident a tree fell across the South Circular at Streatham. Lambeth’s Tree Service and Dangerous Structures Teams have been dealing with the issue. In another incident an antenna was left hanging dangerously over the street at Morris House, Brixton. Our housing management firm Lambeth Living are dealing with the situation.

“Our parks teams have been advising the public that our open spaces will remain closed until they are safe. The team is currently working hard to remove damaged tress, other debris and assessing damage to building in our parks.

“At 10.30am this morning the Met Office issued an alert saying the warning for high wind had been cancelled as the damaging gales have now eased.”

Do you have pictures of the damage, or were you affected by the high winds? Let us know by email at newsdesk@brixtonblog.com.

See our picture round-up of the storm damage.

 

 

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