There tree blows!


There tree blows!

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

STORM Arwen left a path of destruction across Sefton when it lashed the borough last Friday and Saturday.

Trees were ripped up in numbers by the sheer force of the firece winds, including 20 on a single road in Formby!

The Merseyside region felt the full force of the storm overnight on Friday, November 26, with gusts estimated at around 80 to 90  miles per hour.

Roads were blocked by fallen trees, tiles were blown from roofs, there were delays on public transport and a number of Christmas switch-on events and festive markets were cancelled.

Marshside Primary School, in Southport, was forced to close on Monday, November 29 due to a “collapsed section of roof and encroaching water’ as a result of Storm Arwen. On Kirklake Road, in Formby, 20 trees were blown down and Sefton Council staff were joined by local residents in an effort to clear the debris.

There were similar scenes at Formby Golf Club as staff arrived to work on Saturday, November 27 to find a number of stricken trees.

Sefton Council posted on Twitter that their tree and woodlands team had to work until 4am on Sunday, November 28 to clear up the mess across the borough.

Posting online on Saturday morning, a council spokesperson, said: “Kirklake Road in Formby has 20 trees that are blocking the road - our team will deal with these as soon as it’s safe to do so. No have-a-go heroes please, it’s too dangerous!

“The trees in Kirklake Road make up part or the approximate 70 incidents of falling trees we’ve had to deal with.”

“If a fallen tree needs dealing with urgently but isn’t dangerous, call Sefton Security on 0151 922 6107. If it’s not urgent, for example in one of our parks, incidents can be reported online at https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/reportatree/”



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