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More than 200 trees down and roads ‘cluttered with debris’ as strong winds hammer county

PUBLISHED: 07:07 26 September 2020 | UPDATED: 14:59 26 September 2020

Trees down in the Letheringsett area on Friday night. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren Bunn

Trees down in the Letheringsett area on Friday night. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren Bunn

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Norfolk’s roads are “cluttered with debris” after strong winds and rain battered the region overnight, bringing more than 200 trees down, police have said.

Recovery and police vehicles on scene at trees down in the Letheringsett area on Friday night. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren BunnRecovery and police vehicles on scene at trees down in the Letheringsett area on Friday night. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren Bunn

With a yellow weather warning in place across the county overnight, police have urged people to drive to the conditions, as the wind and rain continues to take their toll.

An inspector at Norfolk Constabulary said that across the night around 220 trees were brought down by the stormy weather, with the North Walsham area among the worst hit in the county.

They said: “While we have managed to keep the main routes around the county clear there are many minor roads closed as a result and most roads are cluttered with debris.

A fallen tree by the Red Lion Pub in Norwich. Picture: SubmittedA fallen tree by the Red Lion Pub in Norwich. Picture: Submitted

“A joint effort between police, highways engineers and the fire service has meant the many of the larger trees have been moved out of the road but there are still problems on lots of the minor routes. Lots of trees are also being removed by 4x4 driving volunteers.

“The North Walsham area is the worst hit in the county at the moment - it almost seems as though every tree there has come down.

“My advice to people travelling on the roads today would be to be very careful and drive to the conditions. Be aware of serious debris and falling trees.”

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In Syderstone, near King’s Lynn, police were called to the B1454 after a motorist got stuck beneath a fallen tree on the road.

Officers, with the help of the Norfolk and Suffolk 4x4 response were able to move the tree and clear the debris, freeing the driver in the process.

Trees down in Swanton Novers. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren BunnTrees down in Swanton Novers. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren Bunn

The inspector said that Norfolk County Council’s highways team and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service had a growing list of work to continue to clear the roads.

It is also not just roads affected, with train service between Norwich and Sheringham cancelled because of a fallen tree on the line in North Walsham.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said all services between Norwich and Sheringham had been cancelled until 9am.

Trees down in Swanton Novers. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren BunnTrees down in Swanton Novers. Photo: Ben Barnes and Darren Bunn

Dan Holley, of Norwich-based forecasters Weatherquest, said that North Walsham had seen the brunt of the extreme conditions, with some 90mm of rain having fallen in the area.

However, currently the Met Office does not have any existing weather warnings in place, though more rain and showers are anticipated.

A fallen tree on Common Road in Hemsby. Picture: Lisa Church.A fallen tree on Common Road in Hemsby. Picture: Lisa Church.

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