More than 100 calls to fallen trees and branches in Sunderland during Storm Ali

The council were called to more than 100 incidents of fallen and damaged trees as Storm Ali battered Sunderland.

Thursday, 20th September 2018, 16:57 pm
Updated Friday, 21st September 2018, 09:22 am
Crews were called to more than 100 incidents of fallen and damaged trees. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Sunderland City Council teams responded to 76 calls between 1pm and midnight yesterday which all involved dealing with fallen and damaged trees, and fallen branches in the city.

A further 42 call outs were made between 7.30am to 3.30pm today in the aftermath of the storm.

Crews were called to more than 100 incidents of fallen and damaged trees. Picture by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

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A spokesman for the council said: "Teams are on 24 hour standby to deal with any further calls resulting from the weather warning issued for tonight."

Council teams were also called to tiles blown off roofs and walls that had come down.

Within three hours from 2.30pm yesterday afternoon, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service received more than 100 calls relating to high winds.

The tree has fallen blocking the Front Street, in Sherburn Village. Picture by Keith Scott KS Aerial Photography

Councillor Amy Wilson, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: "Our teams have had a very busy 24 hours with more than 100 calls about fallen and damaged trees and fallen branches and there’s still lots of clear up work to do.

"With another wind warning overnight, we’ve got teams on 24 hour standby again to deal with any issues that result from that."