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STORM EUNICE UPDATES - Fallen trees causing chaos and power cuts in Malvern and Colwall

Tristan Harris 18th Feb, 2022 Updated: 18th Feb, 2022

STORM Eunice has arrived in Worcestershire and has brought chaos to the county.

ROADS

Worcestershire Highways teams and contractors are dealing with many fallen trees, often blocking roads.

Roads in Upton-upon-Severn which are blocked by fallen trees include Hook Common and Hyde Road.

A fallen tree on the A438 Ledbury Road, Berrow, has left the road blocked.

Half the A4103 in Bransford is blocked by a fallen tree.

A fallen tree has blocked the A456 at Newman Bridge, near Tenbury Wells. That has now been dealt with.

Wheeler Orchard in Tenbury is blocked by a fallen tree.

On the B4029 at Hanley Swan, a fallen tree is blocking the road.

Church Lane/Bank Road in Little Witley is blocked by a tree.

Hawthorne Lane in Powick is blocked by a fallen tree.

Drivers are urged to take care on the A38 between Severn Stoke and Kempsey which has considerable tree debris on it and a couple of trees hanging on the carriageway in various places.

A tree fell on the B4208 at Castlemorton, near the Robin Hill pub. That has now been cleared (pictured above).

But another fallen tree is now blocking Druggers End in Castlemorton.

The A4204 between Ham Bridge and Martley is blocked by a fallen tree (below).

Worcestershire Highways are incidents and are is sending crews to the scenes.

POWER CUTS

More than 900 homes were without power in Great Malvern due to a power cut.

Half of those have been put back on by Western Power Distribution engineers who are at the scene.

But it is anticipated it could be until 8.30pm when the power to the remaining properties is restored.

Another power cut is affecting properties in Colwall and the surrounding areas – WR13 WR14 HR8. Those homes should be back on by 3pm.

The postcodes of the properties impacted by both incidents are listed below.

RAIL

WEST Midlands Railway has reiterated its warning for passengers not to travel today (Friday) because of widespread disruption caused by Storm Eunice.

The Cross-City Line in Birmingham was partially-suspended on Friday afternoon after a tree blew onto overhead power lines near Four Oaks station.

Further afield, long-distance train services to many destinations have also been suspended due to multiple storm-related incidents across the wider rail network. All lines between the West Midlands and London were suspended following multiple storm-related incidents.

The operator is also warning that some journeys on Saturday morning may be disrupted while damaged railway infrastructure is repaired and trains are moved to their correct locations.

Due to the scale of the ongoing disruption, passengers holding tickets for travel today will be able to use them all weekend or on Monday instead.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Eldersfield Lawn CE Primary, Upton-upon-Severn – Closed on safety reasons, due to the severe weather warning.

Upton-upon-Severn CE Primary, Upton-upon-Severn – Closed due to high winds and to minimise travel.

Tenbury High Ormiston Academy, Tenbury – Closed due to high winds forecast.

Pendock CE Primary School, Upton-upon-Severn – Closed due to high winds forecast and to minimise travel.

FLOOD WARNINGS

The current flood alert in place for the River Severn in Worcester states low-lying areas in Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Kempsey, Severn Stoke, Upton upon Severn, South Quay, Diglis Parade and the Hylton Road are likely to flood.

Flooding from drains may also be affecting Worcester racecourse and Worcestershire CCC’s New Road ground.

River levels are already up at around three metres with further rain possible today and tomorrow meaning levels will only increase in the next 24 hours.

 

Plans in place for Worcestershire – 

Rail

West Midlands Railway issued a its ‘do not travel’ warning for commuters for Friday, expecting disruption from fallen trees and flying debris.

Blanket speed restrictions will be in place on all services and will also cause delays.

Roads

Due to the potential severity of Storm Eunice Worcestershire County Council Highways teams have suspended non-essential highway maintenance operations so they can use their available resources to deal with fallen trees, flooding and other hazards.

Anyone who spots a fallen tree blocking a road or other issues should call Worcestershire Highways on 01905 845676.

 

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