Updates from across Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Epping Forest following the storm which hit the area early this morning (From This Is Local London)
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Updates from across Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Epping Forest following the storm which hit the area early this morning
Updated 5:17pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
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- Large amount of scaffolding collapses in Francis Road, Leyton
- London Ambulance Service says it has not responded to any reports of storm-related incidents in Waltham Forest or Redbridge.
- Central line was suspended between Leytonstone and Epping due to an obstruction on the line. Now running with severe delays.
- Reports of a large number of trees blown down across the district
- Epping market cancelled
- Reports of homes without power in Epping and Abridge
Waltham Forest severe weather round-up:
Wild winds today felled trees and branches, damaged cars and homes and brought down scaffolding, but luckily no one in Waltham Forest appears to have suffered any injuries.
The weather system, named St Jude by forecasters, brought winds of up to 69 miles per hour to London.
Waltham Forest Council received over 200 reports of fallen or dangerous trees and families stuck inside properties in Clacton and Belgrave Roads in Walthamstow due to fallen trees blocking doors.
Many commuters were forced to work from home as rail services were severely disrupted due to damaged overhead wires and debris on tracks.
The London Ambulance Service was not called to deal with any storm-related incidents in the borough today.
Around 100 yards of scaffolding being used to refurbish shop fronts in Francis Road, Leyton, was blown on to cars and across the street, closing the road for several hours as workers cleared the area.
Around a dozen cars were damaged as well as several buildings.
The council’s tree contractor is putting in extra hours to clear streets across the borough.
Greater Anglia suspended all trains for most of the day before running some services out of Liverpool Street.
The Central line saw services suspended north of Leytonstone and severe delays elsewhere from around 8am until midday.
Refuse collection is on schedule and the council is offering free wood chippings and logs from fallen trees to residents from Leyton Jubilee Park’s car park between 9am and 5pm in the coming days.
Travellers have been warned of ongoing delays to some journeys this afternoon following the severe weather this morning.
Transport for London is reporting that there is currently a good service on the Central line, which was suspended between Leytonstone and Epping due to a fallen tree on the track.
The Victoria line is experiencing minor delays due to a staff shortage caused by extreme weather.
Greater Anglia services, most of which have not run at all today due to damaged overhead wires and fallen trees, are still severely disrupted, but there are limited services out of Liverpool Street.
A half-hourly service is running between Chingford and Liverpool Street, departing from Liverpool Street at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour and three and 33 minutes past the hour from Chingford.
A service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield is running every 20 minutes, starting on the hour from Liverpool Street and at quarter past the hour from Shenfield.
The rail operator says engineers are currently assessing damage across the network and is advising people not to travel for the rest of today.
Tickets for travel on Greater Anglia services today will be valid tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a fallen tree has partially blocked Whipps Cross Road, in Leytonstone, at James Lane.
Most road obstructions are thought to have been cleared. However, existing roadworks may cause delays.
A current list of roadworks includes temporary traffic lights and works on Sewardstone Road at Lea Valley Road, Chingford, works on Hoe Street at Browns Road and Queens Road, Walthamstow, and junction improvements on Lea Bridge Road at Poplars Road, Leyton.
No buses are reported to be on diversion.
Roads and public transport in Epping Forest has now returned to normal following disruption caused by severe weather this morning.
Central line services were earlier suspended between Leytonstone and Epping after a tree fell on the track, followed by severe delays.
There are no reported problems on roads.
#walthamstow #ukstorm Tree down in Canning Road, E17. @zac_guardian http://t.co/KG9Q6FBm72— @RhysWilliams2 28 October 2013
Picture taken by Filip Cuprych in Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow.
Video of collapsed scaffolding in Francis Road, Leyton.
The clear-up begins in Hoe Street, Walthamstow.
Pam Markle with her damaged summer house in Ulverston Road, Walthamstow.
Grove Road. Walthamstow
More pictures coming in from around the area. This was taken in Grovesnor Road, Walthamstow.
Greater Anglia train services remain suspended on all routes. Customers are advised not to travel for the rest of the day.
Strong winds have now passed. Showers and sunny spells with blustery conditions set to remain for most today.
We'll be bringing you the latest on developing weather-related stories and reaction throughout the day.
London Ambulance Service says it has not responded to any reports of storm-related incidents in Waltham Forest or Redbridge.
Epping Town Clerk Alan Shaw on the closure of Epping Market:
“The reason for closure was concern about public safety.
“The boards that form the "tables" of the stall are not secured and have been known to blow off in the past and the awnings are obviously very light.
“Given that the market is held on the public highway the potential for harm if a stall or market stock is blown into the road is quite high.”
The decision to close the market was taken at 7am.
When the market is cancelled the Council does not charge stallholders their pitch fees for the day.
The pitch fees do vary according to the size of pitch but the standard fee is £26.04 + VAT or £31.25 inc VAT."
The scene in the grounds of Waltham Forest College in Forest Road, Walthamstow:
Hoe Street, Walthamstow. Lucky Star takeaway
RT @GreavsieE17: Couple of trees down inn Walthamstow town square. http://t.co/9G8bjSpTil— @WaleMartinz 28 October 2013
RT @noordinarypark: The Park is closed due to today's severe weather, but half term events in the Copper Box Arena will go ahead http://t.c…— @londonathletics 28 October 2013
RT @mr_cutts: #walthamstow #ukstorm http://t.co/swjlmiIy8g— @SajP10 28 October 2013
RT @RoseStephensArt: #Wanstead flats #Forest gate #storm St Jude http://t.co/unLaZPVRI6— @gate7yoga 28 October 2013
Pictures taken by reporter Natalie Glanvill in Oak Hill, Chingford.
Pamela Markle, 58, of Ulverston Road, Walthamstow:
"My summer house is completely upended – it’s literally been picked up like a box of matches and it’s now balancing upside down. It’s a big summer house. The wind has blown through the gap between my house and the neighbour’s and the wind has picked it up. I’ve got a tree down on the back fence too. It’s a disaster zone."
RT @WansteadPaddy: More Wanstead tree damage @Wansteadium http://t.co/hRtZXpq4Fd— @Ben_Fogarty 28 October 2013
No power in #abridge #Epping #buckhurst hill fine— @scorpiostu613 28 October 2013
Epping Market trader reacts to closure:
He said: “Most market stall are flimsy and a strong gust could cause a metal bar to come down on someone’s head.”
“It’s all about public safety. The traders are very willing to work. They are very annoyed when weather like this happens.”
“The Epping Town clerk makes the decision but most traders wouldn’t turn up anyway if they thought it would be dangerous.”
“I never received any notification that the market was closed today. A text might have gone out but I never received one.”
Greater Anglia and Stansted Express services will not commence until approximately midday.
Reports that a tree has fallen over and blocked a family inside in Marlands Road, Clayhall. Background story here
Epping market cancelled today, although some traders have still turned up to find it cancelled. More to follow.
Cary Road, Leytonstone. Picture courtesy of Emily Nieuwerf
Form Guardian reporter Zac Norman in Walthamstow: "I Just went down Oak Hill - tree smashed on top of car and tree snapped fallen against house, also trees in road. Chingford Lane really bad!"
Walthamstow A112 Hoe Street both ways blocked due to fallen tree at Church Hill. Diversion: Affecting bus routes 34, 97, 215 and 357
RT @benjmurf: Kendall Avenue in #Epping blocked by called tree and lamppost. http://t.co/baMHnNXBXh — @MariaSurman 28 October 2013
Clacton Road Walthamstow...
Transport for London (TfL) said there was disruption to six Underground lines due to debris from the storm on the tracks.
The Bakerloo, Central, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly lines were all partially closed while workers removed fallen trees and other obstructions, a TfL spokesman said.
There is currently no service on the Central line between Leytonstone and Epping due to an obstacle on the trach, believed to be a fallen tree. The are minor delays elsewhere on the line.
Scaffolding erected as part of refurbishment of shop fronts in Francis Road, Leyton, collapsed this morning as high winds hit the area.
There are currently no reports of any injuries, but a large section of the road is closed.
At least one care was parked by the road as the scaffolding came down onto the pavement and scattered across the road.
Scaffolding on the other side of the road remains intact.
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