Cleaning up after Storm Doris

The clean-up continued today after Storm Doris swept across the North West and high winds and torrential rain had battered the region yesterday.

Doris left a path of destruction in her wake across Greater Manchester.

Gales reached up to 80mph, toppling trees, causing structural damage and hitting power supplies.

From 8am on Thursday morning Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service reported that they had received around 150 calls and attended some 60 incidents.

With so many calls the service appealed for residents only to contact them in emergencies.

The majority of the calls were about trees falling across roads and footpaths, although some major structural damage was caused to a number of buildings in Manchester city centre.

Warren Pickstone, Head of Protection, said: “We’ve received a lot of calls and credit has to go to all our staff for doing a fantastic job.

“Hopefully we have now seen the worst of the storm but the public should remain wary of areas that may have been damaged by the high winds, be it loose roof tiles or fallen trees that could cause injury.”

Electricity North West said it will be working into the night on Thursday to restore power supplies to 800 homes that were currently without power – with almost 7,000 properties hit by the storm during the day.

The worst affected areas were mainly in Lancashire, Manchester and the Peak District with flying debris and falling trees bringing down power lines.

Mark Williamson, operations director for Electricity North West, said: “Our engineers have been working in extremely difficult conditions and they will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair the damage and restore power to customers and we are still monitoring the weather very closely for the rest of the day.

“We were fully prepared for Storm Doris and have drafted in extra engineers and also work hard throughout the year maintaining and upgrading the network, but unfortunately overhead power lines can be damaged by flying debris in high winds.”

If you see power lines down the advice is to stay away and report it to Electricity North West by calling the new national power cut number, 105.

In Tameside, council workers were out ensuring residents were safe from any debris and clearing any fallen trees – working well into the night and continuing today.

At 3pm workers were called in to clear a tree which had toppled in Clarence Street (pictured).