TAKE A LOOK: 'Doris day' damages more than a dozen trees around Bexley, including Welling, Sidcup, Belvedere and Northumberland Heath
PUBLISHED: 13:58 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 06 March 2017
Storm Doris struck across the country on Thursday
With the weather calming down after the strong wind and rain of Storm Doris, residents are now surveying damage around the borough.
Yesterday (Thursday) the council received more than a dozen calls of trees falling down onto roads and pathways, as the storm battered the south east.
Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure, said: “Our staff have been working hard to deal with the situation. By mid-afternoon they had dealt with 13 individual incidents where fallen trees or large branches had either obstructed or posed a risk to the public footway or highway. The team have done a typically amazing job for residents and I want to say thanks on behalf of us all.”
By the end of the day, that figure had risen to 16.
London Fire Brigade received more than 200 calls as the capital weathered the storm.
Amongst the jobs they received, which included a call-out to the Swedish Embassy to secure a flag, fire fighters were called to Porthkerry Avenue in Welling, where a tree had collapsed onto two houses.
“Firefighters are always on hand should any buildings, hoardings or scaffolding be left in a precarious position,” warned a spokesperson from LFB.
“To help stay safe during windy weather people should always clear gardens, balconies and window sills of anything that could be blown away. They should also take extra care if they venture outside and be careful using candles in the case of a power cut.
“We’ve also received a number of calls from people who have got locked out after the wind has blown their front door shut with their cooking on or children inside. If you’re sticking your head outside make sure you take your keys with you.”
Elsewhere, collapsed trees and general conditions wreaked havoc on the rails for passengers, with the trains that were able to run dropping down to speeds of 50mph.
Motorists faced problems of their own at the Dartford Crossing, after the QEII bridge was shut for most of the day due to high winds.
In Crayford and Bexley, Dartford Road and Maiden Lane both saw trees collapse on to the roads.