Storm Eunice: Big clear-up operation underway around Harlow

News / Sat 19th Feb 2022 at 11:47am

THIS is just a round-up of the clearing up operations going on around the town.

HTS staff have been out since early this morning continuing work on clearing fallen trees across the town as part of the clear up operation following Storm Eunice.

The first job of the day was to clear a tree blocking access to and from homes in Old Harlow.

Fallen trees can be reported out of normal office hours by phoning 01279 446666.

Members of Harlow parkrun went down to the Town Park in case anyone wasn’t aware that the run had been cancelled as there were a number of very large trees on the course.

Friday was a busy day for Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has said yesterday was an ‘exceptional day’ for the Service.

Between 10am and 9pm, the control room and crews dealt with around 500 calls, with up to 100 calls an hour during the peak of Storm Eunice.

Area Manager Neil Fenwick said: “It was an exceptional day for our Service. On an average day we receive between 40 and 50 calls – yesterday we dealt with around 500. We were well prepared and our teams did an excellent job to keep our residents safe. I would like to say a huge thank you to all our firefighters and staff, our emergency service, local authority and utility company partners as well as the people of Essex, who listened to our advice and messages. It was a real team effort and shows once again how Essex unites when faced with challenges.”

Crews and control room staff dealt with a wide range of incidents including collapsed and damaged buildings, large fallen trees, damage to power cables and small fires.

Neil added: “We were well prepared. We had our resources and specialist equipment in the right place and our teams were ready to respond. We believe that the worst is over but we are expecting more inclement weather over the weekend. Because of this we are urging residents to still be cautious, be aware of fallen debris and loose trees and branches and don’t try to access footpaths or roads that have been closed off. Also continue to follow our bad weather safety advice. However be assured that we have plans in place if the weather forecast changes and will be there to keep you safe.”

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1 Comment for Storm Eunice: Big clear-up operation underway around Harlow:

2022-02-21 12:52:12

Well Storm Eunice has HTS off their arses & now we have storm Franklin... they really have got to work for their wages after all that time of wanting & doing next to nothing during all those months of covid & even when they could have been dealing with other thing that didn't involve working with others they didn't....sorry but that's how I feel about this council & HTS... TOO LITTLE TOO LATE. .. the only people that work hard for this council are the dustman as they really do have to work in all weather no matter what... I feel for them when people do not organise their rubbish so it's stays in their bins & expect the dustman to do it for them... It makes me angry with people who can walk past rubbish & not pick it up & put in a bin..must have been dragged up..if their bins are overflowing then they should be the one chasing it down the street picking it up not everyone else or sort it out so it's not blowing everywhere a bit of common sense which some people don't seem to have or pretend they haven't!! Keep working those HTS employees who have had it so easy in the past 18-24 months it will do you good.

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