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Tree-mendous team effort in storm clean-up

Janina Holubecki took this photo of a beech tree that fell across Hebden Water during the storm on Wednesday, February 12

Janina Holubecki took this photo of a beech tree that fell across Hebden Water during the storm on Wednesday, February 12

Calderdale Council teams continue to be on high alert with more bad weather forecast to arrive in the borough in the week ahead.

The council’s forestry team worked around the clock to help residents when gale force winds and heavy rain hit the area last Wednesday.

The team responded to more than a dozen call-outs across Calderdale, working until 2am to clear trees and debris in stormy conditions.

Issues ranged from broken trees and debris on footpaths to 60ft trees falling down and blocking roads.

Forestry team leader Richard Robertshaw said he could not thank the team enough for their great work.

“They really went the extra mile, staying out to help people until the early hours,” he said.

“I know what it’s like to work in the freezing cold when it’s pouring down with rain, blowing a gale and dark, and they did a brilliant job.

“It can be really dangerous, but they’re highly skilled, diligent and do everything required to keep people safe.”

Local residents have thanked the teams for their speedy response and for making them feel safe.

In the upper Calder Valley, the team was called to remove a fallen tree which had blocked part of the A646 at Eastwood, between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

And a beech tree fell across Hebden Water near Salem Fields, Hebden Bridge.

With more bad weather forecast, the council is busy getting prepared and is advising residents to do the same.

Coun Tim Swift, leader of Calderdale Council, said: “When the weather turns, Calderdale Council is ready. Our staff continue to work hard, sometimes around the clock, to help keep our communities safe.

“There are lots of things people can do to prepare themselves, including stocking up on non-perishable food and checking the weather forecast before making long journeys.”

For more information and advice, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/winter.

 

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