Heavy winds disruption round-up

Strong winds and heavy rain made it an uncomfortable morning for many in Calderdale yesterday.(Thur)

Traffic was disrupted in Sowerby Bridge due to a wall collapsing in Tuel Lane which forced the road to be closed until lunchtime.

A few too many bounces for this trampoline!

A few too many bounces for this trampoline!

Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said workmen were mobilised around 7 am to erect barriers and close the road while bricks and fencing were cleared.

“We made the wall safe, but because it is privately owned, it’s the owner’s responsibility to carry out the full repairs,” he said.

“We put a barrier up to close the footpath underneath the wall to keep the area safe until the repairs have been made.”

The Highways Agency recorded winds of up to 70 mph on Pennine roads and the Met Office issued an amber warning due to the wind.

Collapsed wall in Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

Collapsed wall in Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

A driver had a lucky escape after a tree was blown down.

Police closed the road at Crag Lane, Wheatley, as they dealt with the incident.

Debris including a wheelbarrow and ladder blew off vans and were strewn across the M62 along with many cones.

Dustbins were blown across numerous streets - along with play equipment with trampolines uprooted at Tuel Lane and Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe.

Crag Lane, Wheatley, Halifax, was closed while a fallen tree was removed.

Crag Lane, Wheatley, Halifax, was closed while a fallen tree was removed.

Speed restrictions were imposed on trains and East Coast services to Leeds were temporarily suspended.

The A1 and M1 were both closed for a while after vehicles overturned.

Roads around Leeds’ tallest building were closed just two days after a coroner said action needed to be taken.

Dr Edward Slaney, of Sowerby Bridge, was crushed by a lorry that toppled over next to 32-storey Bridgewater Place in 2011.

An uprooted tree at Brookfoot, Brighouse

An uprooted tree at Brookfoot, Brighouse

Coroner Melanie Williamson said the junction should be closed to all users when gusts reached about 45mph.

Leeds City Council closed Victoria Road, Water Lane and Neville Street to vehicles.

Dr Slaney, a 35-year-old environmental engineer, was walking on a bridge over the River Aire in Neville Street on 10 March 2011 when a lorry landed on him.

The heavy rain eased off at lunchtime but windy conditions continued into the evening.

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