30th Oct, 2020

Fallen trees and power cuts as Storm Ciara hit Droitwich and south Worcestershire

Tristan Harris 9th Feb, 2020 Updated: 9th Feb, 2020

DISRUPTION was caused across Droitwich and the rest of Worcestershire for most of the day as Storm Ciara hit.

A total of 133 properties in the B96 area – around Hanbury and Bradley Green – were left without power with electricity finally restored around 8pm.

Western Power Distribution has dealt with power cuts in Hadzor and Himbleton. Power was restored throughout the day.

Worcestershire Highways and crews from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service dealt with fallen trees throughout the day in Tagwell Road, Hanbury Road, Drovers Way, The Holloway and Westwood Park, Droitwich and Plough Lane, Oddingley.

A fallen tree caused a crash on the A449 Claines Lane.

Speed restrictions were placed on trains by Network Rail which had the potential to cause delays and cancellations but arrivals and departures from Droitwich Spa were more or less all on time.

There were bigger disruptions on other parts of the network with northbound trains on the Cross City Line terminating at Birmingham New Street from around 2.30pm.

First Worcester warned passengers there would be delays to bus services because drivers were taking extra caution due to the weather conditions.

A spokesperson apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers.

Worcestershire Highways had additional staff on standby, including drainage crews and specialist tree contractors.

People are being urged to report any existing issues via the Worcestershire Highways Twitter page – https://twitter.com/WorcsTravel

An Amber warning for heavy rain and high winds was placed on the whole region from 5am to 5pm with winds of up to 60mph and torrential rain forecast.

An ‘Amber’ weather warning is the second highest behind red which shows the severity of the predicted storm.

 

 

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