St Albans district recovers from impact of Storm Ciara
- Credit: Archant
The district is recovering in the wake of Storm Ciara, which brought widespread disruption to travel and power networks at the weekend.
After an amber wind warning was implemented by the Met Office on Saturday afternoon, Hertfordshire saw some of its highest gales in a decade - with fallen trees blocking major roads and striking parked cars.
Thameslink and Great Northern train services were brought to a near standstill, while UK Power Networks reported it had over 1,200 field staff on call to help restore power supplies across the East and South East.
As of 8pm on Sunday night, it was estimated more than 1,500 homes in Hertfordshire were without power - and as many as 25,000 in the East of England.
The district council has been dealing with reports of trees being blown down in open spaces and housing land, and their trees team are collating these and prioritising the necessary work. Most of the tidying up will be done by contractor John O'Conner.
You may also want to watch:
Their properties, including council houses, appear to have emerged unscathed and there are no reports of any flooding as the rainfall was not heavy enough for that.
Sporting fixtures were also affected by the weather, including many games scheduled for the Herts Advertiser Sunday League.
- 1 7 of the best brunches in St Albans and Harpenden
- 2 Ammunition found in bag on St Albans street
- 3 'Abusive and aggressive' St Albans man given Criminal Behaviour Order
- 4 Green light given to new hospital project
- 5 Harpenden's Olympic hero watches daughter win gold
- 6 Teenager strangled in attack in St Albans park
- 7 Why has it taken so long for Young's to open St Albans pub?
- 8 When Nicole Kidman played the Russian mail order bride of a St Albans bank clerk
- 9 Bee inspired by new display at St Albans restaurant
- 10 Area Guide: The popular Highfield area of St Albans
President Roy Scott said: "Brian Wright, who has 45 years experience refereeing in the Herts Advertiser Sunday Football league, claimed it was the first time he had ever stopped and abandoned a game due to wind.
"Altogether 14 games were cancelled and the only four matches that were played were played on single pitch facilities as opposed to open parks at Toulimin Drive and Verulamium Park."