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Storm Update - 27 Nov 2021, 11am

Residents are advised of disruption across South Tyneside as a result of Storm Arwen. Heavy winds and extreme weather conditions have disrupted transport and caused tree and structural damage.

Teams from across South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes have been out and about responding to incidents caused by the storm, working in an extremely challenging environment.

Haven Point in South Shields is closed due to storm damage and will remain so for some time. Customers will be updated with further information as the situation develops.

Customers are also advised that the car park at Temple Park Leisure Centre is temporarily closed due to a fallen tree and will be updated when it is cleared. The main centre will be open as normal.

The Recycling Village is temporarily closed.

Weather warnings remain in place across our region for #StormArwen

Roads and the rail network are expected to see further disruption.

People are urged to only make essential journeys and stay home wherever possible. If you do need to go out then take care, remain vigilant and stay safe.

People are reminded not travel to coastal areas in order to observe high tides - this risks putting themselves and others in danger.

People are also advised to avoid walking near trees as they pose a threat to passers-by.

The council has been inundated with calls and is working through them on a priority basis. An inspection of parks and cemeteries is also underway.

Storm Arwen is an unprecedented weather event. Teams will focus on major issues and ensuring that roads and footpaths are clear for the emergency services. Unless there is a danger to the public or passers by residents are advised to liaise with their insurance on more minor issues.

The Council responds wherever there is a report of a fallen tree or branch obstructing or preventing safe use of roads. This is regardless of whether the tree is located on privately owned or council property as the priority is to clear the highway and make it safe.

A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council said: "This is a really fluid situation.

"We urge everyone in South Tyneside to take care, stay safe and to report any incidents on 0191 455 6111. Please be patient and understand that response times to calls will take longer usual. Our teams are working around the clock to keep the borough moving and respond to any incidents caused by the extreme weather conditions.

"Main roads, footpaths and emergency routes take priority. Damage to properties that can cause further damage will be dealt with first, other lower risk incidents will be dealt as soon as is practical.

"Assessments will be taking place across the day, but we expect the clear up to last a number of days and well into early next week."

Council staff are on call 24 hours per day 365 days per year to respond to emergencies received out of normal office hours.

For more information, please follow Council social media feeds and those of our partners at the MET office and Environment Agency or visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk

For up-to-the-minute public transport information visit www.nexus.org.uk

 

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