Storm Doris moved across the UK bringing gusts of up to 94 mph accompanied by heavy snowfall across Scotland. Arborists and tree care professionals jumped into action in a bid to keep the UK running smoothly.
Storm Doris led to flight cancellations and road and rail disruption up and down the country, as well as it’s impact on our power with thousands of homes and businesses left without electricity particularly in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Yorkshire.
With winds up to 94 mph, fallen trees and flying debris plagued the UK, emergency service calls skyrocketed with Staffordshire Police reporting a 6 times increase!
Over 6 times the amount of 999 calls received today compared to last Thurs #stormdoris is keeping us & other agencies v busy indeed!
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) February 23, 2017
As the day went on the state of the country got increasingly worse, a tree fell in Hertfordshire causing a fire.
Fire near Ware train station after fallen tree hits overhead cable. Abellio Greater Anglia say no trains are now running on the line. pic.twitter.com/TPUNwrixkm
— BBC Three Counties (@BBC3CR) February 23, 2017
With fallen trees bringing public transport to a near standstill the country’s tree care professionals worked together with Network Rail, TfL, Highway Maintenance and UK Power Networks.
Thousands of Trees were cleared throughout the day to combat downtime of much of our infrastructure.
— Radio Lincolnshire (@BBCRadioLincs) February 23, 2017
Peter Allen, Director of Arboriculture and Rail Services at Ground Control said;
“Our teams and managers have done a fantastic job over the last 24 hours. We were tracking the weather, with teams on standby to ensure we could be on site rapidly to keep Britain’s railway lines connected. Teams who were already working on planned works were redirected as the storm progressed down across the country from the North West. From Liverpool and Chester, through to Stoke, Lichfield, Birmingham, down to Watford; the teams’ dedication and determination was a real credit, to themselves and to Ground Control.”
By the end of the day things started to look up, roads started to re-open, trains started moving and power was slowly returning to areas that had lost it.
— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 23, 2017
Well done to anyone that helped reduce the impact of the storm last week!
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