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Battered: Storm Ciara brings down trees and power lines
    By Gazette Reporters  

LARGE trees and power lines were brought down as Storm Ciara gripped Holderness last weekend.

The storm’s high winds caused damage and disruption across the region but both Humberside Police and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have confirmed there have been no injuries reported.

In North Holderness, Far Grange Haven Holiday Park at Skirlington issued the following via their Facebook page on Sunday: “Whilst tackling with the current high winds we have experienced three large trees falling on the main road into park. For everyone’s safety the road is currently closed until further notice.” A couple of hours later they had cleared these and announced it was open again.

The A1035 at Leven was blocked across one lane by a fallen tree which was removed by a local farmer. Parts of Leven, Hatfield, Sigglesthorne and Long Riston were affected by power cuts. A spokesperson for Northern Powergrid told the Gazette: “In our Humber Estuary operating region we restored power to more than 10,200 homes and businesses which had power cuts as a result of Storm Ciara.”

On Monday morning Brandesburton Parish Council updated their Facebook page to say: “The village has been battered by Storm Ciara and we have a tree down, which is blocking Butts Lane. Please avoid this right of way until the tree has been cleared. Unfortunately, we don’t have a timescale for this. East Riding Council will prioritise any roads which have been blocked by fallen trees.”

The A1033 between Ottringham and Winestead was blocked by a fallen tree on Sunday morning and power lines and pole were also brought down, blocking Hull Road, Withernsea.

Mid-Holderness PCSO Darren Bainton said: “The weekend and early part of the week was littered with weather-related incidents, including a power line and the pole brought down on Hull Road Withernsea which closed the B1362 route from Halsham into the town for most of Sunday, drivers had to take a diversion around Rimswell and Waxholme to avoid it.

Most of the incidents around Holderness were fallen trees across carriageways including the A1033 Patrington Road, Ottringham around 9.30am on Sunday. Luckily no injuries were reported and thanks to a local farmer who removed the tree by using a farm telehandler.”

“The police tried to put out as many traffic related alerts as soon as they were reported

via Facebook, twitter and My Community Alerts in order to minimalize any disruption. We would like to thank our farming community for monitoring the roads and our social media platforms under #farmwatch; local farm workers came forward to help move any obstructions with their machinery to keep the roads flowing and safe.”

Paul Tripp, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s head of streetscene services, said: “Council staff were very busy at the height of Storm Ciara, and we had to send out four of our forestry teams. We have so far had to deal with 53 fallen or damaged trees on private land, and 30 on council land, across the East Riding. Thankfully, nobody has been injured by any falling trees or branches.”

He added “In difficult conditions, we advise motorists to plan their journeys: check weather forecasts and travel information, do not drive unless you absolutely need to, if possible, tell someone when you expect to arrive, make sure you are equipped for your journey with warm clothing, food, a torch, a shovel, water, boots, a hazard warning triangle and a fully charged hands free mobile phone.”

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