Street scene and Green space colleagues are continuing to deal with the aftermath of the weather we have experienced in the last 24 hours or so. A combination of fallen trees and some localised flooding have combined to bring about challenging conditions, which probably have not been seen for some years locally.
Currently, we are aware of around 75 tree incidents where either large branches or an entire tree have blocked or partially blocked roads – notable incidents last night include both Hayes Lane and Addington Road, where Police were directing traffic as a result of trees in the road. Other notable incidents also include Southend Road and Arthur Road in Biggin Hill.
In Arthur Road, the tree has damaged both power and gas supplies and engineers from the respective organisations are currently on site trying to resolve this situation.
We are also aware of a number of flooding incidents, with the largest scale road flooding appearing to be in Mottingham Lane, right on the borough boundary. The attached picture shows the extent of this river related incident but we are not aware of water in properties here. Elsewhere, we are aware of road flooding in Hayes, in Bourne Vale, where at least one property has been affected by internal flooding. Other parts of the borough where road flooding is in evidence are also believed to include West Wickham. Realistically, internal flooding can only really be dealt with by the Fire Brigade.
Reports of any significant flooding particularly where rivers have ‘burst’ banks are of interest and you can notify Alister Berry for information. There is very little Bromley Council can do at this point in time but we are gathering evidence to share with the Environment Agency and Thames Water
Our two tanker crews are currently deployed and are being used to help clear road gullies which will have been at least partially blocked with storm related debris etc. Our tree care crews worked throughout the night clearing obstructions, with new crews on shift this morning. Our street cleaning teams are clearing storm related debris, targeting known problem areas. Colleagues are also contacting utility companies to ask them to make good their signage and barriers that will be dislodged after the night’s wind.
It is likely that the clear up from the fallen trees will be properly completed after the Christmas period, with ‘logs’ for instance, being stacked by the roadside, for a later clearance.
Already, we are planning for further bad weather and tree related damage on Friday when of course, Council offices are closed. Christmas related service information is available http://www.bromley.gov.uk/christmas. Tree care crews will remain on stand-by, particularly throughout this period. Our advice to you and members of the public would be that if you come across an emergency situation, where trees are blocking the road for instance, to call the out of hours number to report it. For reference, the out of hours is 0300 303 8671 (and this will apply on Friday) with other emergency contacts listed on the Council’s website – http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200039/emergencies/460/emergency_contacts.