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Latest storm damage in Tendring
Updated 5:34pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
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- Strong winds batter north Essex from coast to town centres.
- Reports come in suggesting helter skelter on Clacton Pier has blown down.
- All Greater Anglia services are currently suspended on all routes until further notice.
- Numerous roads blocked due to fallen trees.
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The fire service says it has attended 214 incidents across the county including flooding, fallen power lines, fallen trees, unsafe structures and RTC's since midnight.
As of 3pm just over 36,000 properties were without power in the Essex area.
Bradfield - Mill Lane closed due to trees bringing down power cables
Bradfield - Wix Road closed between Heath Road and Spinnels Road due to trees brining down power cables
Great Holland - Little Clacton Road closed at junction with main road due to trees bringing down power cables
A Tendring Council staff member has recalled his shock at seeing the Helter Skelter on Clacton Pier topple over.
Jamie Robertson said: “I was just driving past Clacton Pier with the vehicle window open and heard a tremendous crashing noise.
“It was an almighty bang and I stopped to see the Helter Skelter topple over on the Pier.
“It was quite surreal as it bounced on landing and just looked like a flimsy piece of plastic.”
By 1pm Tendring Council staff were dealing with calls concerning 105 fallen trees and 20 large branches blocking footpaths.
The council’s Weeley Crematorium was without power for more than an hour but it was restored and all services went ahead as planned.
Nick Turner, cabinet member for environment services said: “The crews did a fantastic job under the circumstances and reacted as quickly as possible as the calls continued to flood in to our control centre.”
All Greater Anglia services are currently suspended on all routes until further notice – customers are advised not to travel for the rest of the day.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service say in last three hours they have received 170 calls to weather related incidents, including trees in the road, downed power cables, and roofs and chimneys in precarious positions.
Essex County Council’s Trading Standards team is warning that rogue traders will try and use the damage caused by the storm to con Essex residents.
If your property has suffered any damage, Trading Standards advice is to speak to your insurance company before having work carried out.
Roger Walters, cabinet member for Trading Standards, said: “Rogue doorstep traders will try to take advantage of any damage caused by the storm and will often target the more vulnerable in our communities.
“They will use the storm to frighten elderly and vulnerable residents into having work done where it is unnecessary or they will fix the damage but charge exorbitant prices.”
If you have been targeted by cold callers you can call the Trading Standards helpline on 08454 040506.
Greater Anglia advise passengers not to travel today, although it hopes to reopen lines later this afternoon. They report they have several trees down around their network and overhead wire damage in five locations.
Picture of branch fallen on car in Dovercourt.
Fallen trailer at Pier Gap in Calcton.
Fallen tree in Chelmsford Road, Clacton.
Picture of branches which have fallen from a tree outside Clacton Library.
Picture of helter skelter on Clacton Pier which has blown down.
Greater Anglia will not run any trains until at least noon.
Essex Police has set up a dedicated phone number for all weather-related phone calls.
Callers are advised to use the following numbers: 0800 092 0410 and 0207 158 0124.
Essex Fire service report attending a large number of weather related incidents this morning.
How has your area of Tendring been hit by the storm? Anyone with pictures or details of damage in Tendring e-mail email@example.com or call 01255254222.
Strong winds batter north Essex from coast to town centres. Find out how Tendring is affected here.
Reports come in suggesting helter skelter on Clacton Pier has blown down.
Greater Anglia extend trains suspension until 10am.
Fears are growing a roller coaster on Clacton pier may plunge into the sea.
Rosemary Road in Clacton blocked due to fallen scaffolding between Colne Road and Orwell Road.
Jaywick Lane partially blocked due to fallen tree at B1027 St John's Road.
Station Road in Thorpe blocked by fallen tree.
Delays on the A133 due to fallen tree. Traffic control in place.
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