Homes without power, lorries overturned, trees down: Fenland and East Cambs count the cost of overnight storms

PUBLISHED: 14:15 18 January 2018

Storm wakes Fenland residents: Tree down in St Peter's Gardens, Wisbech. Photo: Ian Carter

Storm wakes Fenland residents: Tree down in St Peter's Gardens, Wisbech. Photo: Ian Carter

Garry Samuels

Overnight winds have left homes across Fenland without power, motorists delayed because of fallen trees, some schools closed, and at least two overturned lorries.

Travel to work plans for thousands were affected today as police responded to a growing number of emergencies.

The A47 Wisbech to Guyhirn road saw early delays when a lorry overturned, quickly followed by a second overturned lorry at Goosetree junction on the A141 at Westry that added to the delays.

Storm wakes Fenland residents: A lorry has tipped over on the A47 (Wisbech to Guyhirn) Photo: Ian CarterStorm wakes Fenland residents: A lorry has tipped over on the A47 (Wisbech to Guyhirn) Photo: Ian Carter

Homes in Eastrea, Coates, March and Whittlesey were among 8,000 customers without power but slowly engineers are restoring supplies.

In East Cambridgeshire the A10 at Waterbeach was blocked in both directions following accidents.

Storm wakes Fenland residents: 'Storm PCSO's' cutting fallen trees North Brink Wisbech. Photo: Ian CarterStorm wakes Fenland residents: 'Storm PCSO's' cutting fallen trees North Brink Wisbech. Photo: Ian Carter

In Wisbech council officials examined the possible damage caused when a tree in St Peter’s Church toppled over during the night.

Overnight winds have left homes across Fenland without power, motorists delayed because of fallen trees, some schools closed, and at least two overturned lorries.

Storm wakes Fenland residents: Tree down in St Peter's Gardens, Wisbech. Bob Ollier, park manager with Scott Green examining the damage. Photo: Ian CarterStorm wakes Fenland residents: Tree down in St Peter's Gardens, Wisbech. Bob Ollier, park manager with Scott Green examining the damage. Photo: Ian Carter

Power cuts have been reported all around the East of England.

Power cuts affected an estimated 147,000 people this morning in the East of England alone according to www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk, they’ve so far managed to restore power to 100,200 people but 47,000 are still without power.

Storm wakes Fenland residents: A series of incident reports from around Fenland. Photo: AA Traffic NewsStorm wakes Fenland residents: A series of incident reports from around Fenland. Photo: AA Traffic News

A statement on their website says that they still have engineers working on restoring power and urge people to stay away from damaged power lines and immediately report it to them.

For more details got to www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk to find out how to contact them.

Storm wakes Fenland residents: Cambs Times reader spots an overturned lorry on the A141.Storm wakes Fenland residents: Cambs Times reader spots an overturned lorry on the A141.

Travel to work plans for thousands were affected today as police responded to a growing number of emergencies.

The A47 Wisbech to Guyhirn road saw early delays when a lorry overturned, quickly followed by a second overturned lorry at Goosetree junction on the A142 at Westry that added to the delays.

Storm wakes Fenland residents: The A141 Wisbech Road at Westry near the Vegetable processing plant. Photo: Johnny DeeStorm wakes Fenland residents: The A141 Wisbech Road at Westry near the Vegetable processing plant. Photo: Johnny Dee

Homes in Eastrea, Coates, March and Whittlesey were among 8,000 customers without power but slowly engineers are restoring supplies.

In East Cambridgeshire the A10 at Waterbeach was blocked in both directions following accidents.

One home owner on Edinburgh Drive in Wisbech woke to a fallen tree tearing up her garden. Photo: Hayley TownsendOne home owner on Edinburgh Drive in Wisbech woke to a fallen tree tearing up her garden. Photo: Hayley Townsend

School closures include Friday Bridge, Fen Ditton, Christchurch and Sutton (near Ely) although Elm primary school, that did wonder if it could open, did so at 10am.

In Haddenham, a fallen tree is blocking the road both ways. Photo: Kunal TandonIn Haddenham, a fallen tree is blocking the road both ways. Photo: Kunal Tandon

Updates as we get them.

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