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Thursday 19 October 2017

Cheshire East Council responds to storm Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia passed through Cheshire East last night bringing strong gale force winds to the borough.

Once a yellow warning was issued by the Met Office prior to the storm, Cheshire East highways team was fully prepared with additional resources and worked through the night to ensure the safety of road users.

Approximately 40 reports were received from the public, ranging from fallen branches and trees, debris in the road and fallen power lines. Teams worked to reopen all major routes, including the A50 in Cranage and the A49 in Ridley.

There were a number of minor road closures. However, all closures that were implemented on key routes were cleared overnight.

Councillor Glen Williams, deputy cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The priority was to protect the safety of residents and road users, so it was important to clear the key routes and all other routes when safe to do so. All major roads have now reopened and our teams are continuing to clear up any remaining debris and damage.”

The council’s highways team is monitoring all remaining minor road closures and is working to make roads safe. It is also removing any trees that were felled yesterday.

The council is asking the public to report any issues, via the customer contact centre, by calling 0300 123 5020. This will allow the authority to ensure that each report is appropriately logged and responded to.

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