High winds cause damage to Nuneaton houses

25 January 2014 19:11

High winds cause damage to Nuneaton houses

Inc 196 Saturday 25 January

Several residents from Hickman Road, Nuneaton were provided with shelter in their local community hall this evening after high winds caused damage to their homes during the afternoon (Saturday January 25).

Strong winds, described as a mini tornado, ripped through the street in Nuneaton at shortly before 3pm causing damage to a number of houses.

No one was injured as a result of the damage caused as the storm passed through.

Two of the houses in Hickman Road are described as being badly damaged with extensive damage to their roofs, three further properties have significant damage and others have had roof tiles blown off.

Residents dialled 999 as the storm passed over the area and bricks and roof tiles were dislodged from their homes. Fire, police and ambulance quickly arrived at the scene to assess the damage and check for casualties.

Superintendent Martin Samuel, Northern Area Commander for Warwickshire Police said, “Thankfully, despite our initial fears, no one was injured as a result of the damage to the properties. The community hall at nearby St Peter’s Church was made available for people to go to while structural engineers from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council carried out safety assessments on the houses that had been damaged.

“A couple of the houses are badly damaged and I anticipate that there may be some people who will not be able to return to their homes this evening.

“The emergency services have been working with the local council to ensure the people affected by the storm damage have the support they need.”

A spokesperson for Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council added, "We are currently working to clear the debris in the area. We will also have officers from the council at St Peter's Church Hall on Sunday morning between 10am - 11.30am to offer further advice, help and support to anyone affected by the storm damage today."

Elsewhere in the county the emergency services and the highways agency have been working with local councils to deal with a number of other storm related incidents including trees which had been brought down by the strong winds, and flooded roads as a result of the heavy rain.

Ends

Note to newsdesks, there are not expected to be any further updates on this matter over the weekend.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council are now leading in the clear-up phase of this incident.





Kate Turner


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