Council teams on alert after severe weather warnings

High wind warning sign - High Street, Aylesbury
High wind warning sign - High Street, Aylesbury
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Emergency response teams are on alert across Bucks after weather warnings were issued for the coming 24 hours.

Warnings of between 20mm and 40mm of rain and wind with gusts of up to 60mph have been issued by the Met Office and the Environment Agency have said there is a minor flood warning affecting the River Thame.

Adult social care teams are on alert to deal with emergencies if vulnerable people need moving to safety from their homes.

Bucks County Council emergency crews are standing by to clear trees and other debris that could be brought down on to roads by gusts of wind, while gulley emptiers will be on hand to deal with roadside flooding.

County Hall’s emergency planning centre says the Met Office expects the rain and wind for the next 24 hours to be less severe than the storms of late October.

During these storms the council’s operations hub responded to more than 170 emergency calls reporting over 200 fallen trees, which crews cleared within 20 hours.

The Met Office outlook for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day is for breezy days with sunshine and showers.

The council’s operations hub, which co-ordinates calls and crews, is on duty to deal with alerts, on 0845 230 2882, and at lunchtime today (Monday) calls had already started to come in.

So far, it has been reported that 45 trees have fallen down across the county.

This number operates 24 hours-a-day and will be answered by an emergency officer outside office hours.