The Streets Ahead team worked throughout the night to clean-up damage from the high winds that battered the city. The clean-up is ongoing and extra teams are being brought in to complete the clean up operations as quickly as possible.

So far we have had reports of:

  • More than 40 trees blown down with a very large number of reports about fallen branches. Many of these are from land next to the highway. Some of these had blocked roads and those reported have now been cleared, so these roads are now clear. The arboriculturist team have worked through the night and we are bringing in extra resource today to continue the clean-up and respond to any further reported problems.
  • 15 reports of barriers and fences down, requests for cones or police assistance.
  • At least four streetlighting columns down.
  • Some localised flooding caused by drains and gullies that have become blocked with debris due to the winds.
  • Even one rogue trampoline bouncing around the city!

Our Incident Support Units have been out cleaning up debris across the city and we are putting extra resources into street cleaning today.

A road closure was put in place on William Street after Police reported a five storey building with panels blowing off in the wind – the road remains closed this morning.

Streets Ahead also continued to deliver our winter maintenance service and gritted a number of higher routes last night and again early this morning. Wet spots have been treated but drivers should still take care.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said:

“Our teams have done really well in the way they have responded and continue to work hard to make sure the clean-up is completed as quickly as possible.

The wind will have blown down a lot of the barriers around our roadworks sites. We are busy getting those put back into place but this will take some time, given the reports we are still receiving and the rest of the clear-up. We need the public to be very careful around roadworks and if they do see barriers and signs blown around, please call customer services on (0114) 273 4567.”

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About the Streets Ahead work

The Streets Ahead works will enable the upgrade and ensure the on-going maintenance of the City’s:

  • Roads;
  • Pavements;
  • Highway structures, including bridges and retaining walls;
  • Streetlighting;
  • Traffic signals, road signs, and markings;
  • Fences, barriers and other street furniture; and
  • Highway trees;

and will include services such as street cleaning, winter gritting and landscape highway maintenance.