Storm Doris moves across Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue and highways teams dealt with a series of small impacts around the county as a result of Storm Doris.

The worst of the weather has hit areas of the UK further north and west of Oxfordshire though high winds were experienced throughout Oxfordshire.

Firefighters were not required to attend any major or life threatening incidents but sent single crews to a series of much smaller events such as uprooted trees or fallen signposts.

Crews attended an incident with Thames Valley Police to make safe a roof in Park End Street, Oxford.  They used a hydraulic platform to gain access to the roof after the police had closed the road . Crews sucessfully took down more than 10 tiles.

During the course of the morning firefighters attended to a tree that had fallen on to a car in Didcot - there were no injuries.

In Sibford Gower in the north of Oxfordshire they dealt with a fallen tree in the local primary school. A specalist crew from Kidlington dealt with the tree which was in an unsafe position. Crews also dealt with a number of instances of sheds and outbuilding roofs being lifted or damaged in the Sibford Gower area.

Meanwhile, as ever when there are high winds forecast, Oxfordshire County Council has highways crews and tree surgeons were active dealing with fallen trees on the highway.

Crews dealt with around 100 reported instances of fallen trees or large fallen branches in all parts of the county. No one part of Oxfordshire has been disproportionately affected compared to others.

The county council deals with trees that have fallen on highway land. More trees are likely to have fallen in the county on privately owned land.

Gritters were out from midnight on Friday, February 24 with temperatures falling to below zero in some areas of the county.

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, the Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: "My thanks go to all of those people from the county council and other agencies who were out during Storm Doris doing such a good job in such difficult conditions."