Storm force

February 26 2020

Branches of a tree brought down by the storm near the Dame School

Branches of a tree brought down by the storm near the Dame School

STORM Ciara battered the Downend area, bringing down trees, fences and even hurling a trampoline into a busy road.
The winter storm blew into the area on the weekend of February 8-9 and the wind and rain continued for several days.
In one incident a tree blew down across the Avon Ring Road between the Bromley Heath and Wick Wick roundabouts, bringing traffic to a halt, on the morning of Sunday February 9.
Drivers came together to push the tree out of the way, clearing one lane so that traffic could start to move again and alerting the emergency services and council.
Lyde Green resident Lucy Lane said: “Three men had pulled over trying to move it, but clearly needed help.
“Me and my partner pulled over behind their car past the tree, put our hazards on and got out to help. It’s a good thing I keep a high vis vest in the boot of my car! Seeing us stop several other cars, about 15 people, did the same and got out to help.We could only manage to clear one lane but traffic was up and moving again. .”
Another tree came down in Mangotsfield, narrowly missing the Dame School building in the park on the corner of St James Street and Richmond Road.
South Gloucestershire Council received a total of 28 calls relating to fallen trees before 10am on Sunday. Avon Fire and Rescue Service was called out to 41 incidents, including broken glass, loose signs, a collapsed wall and downed power lines.
Hajra Fatima was caught up in one of the more bizarre incidents of the storm when rush hour traffic on Westerleigh Road was held up by a large trampoline blown out of a garden and into the road near the Blackhorse Lane junction.
She said: ““As we reached the traffic lights, two men on the other side came out of their car and picked it up and pushed it back into the garden.”
There was further wind and rain a week later as Storm Dennis swept through the area.