GALE-FORCE winds caused problems all over Wigan yesterday as trees blew down and wheelie bins skittered down main roads.
Congestion on the roads, damage to vehicles and buildings, and disruption to the borough’s vital services all caused by the strong winds which rattled through town.
Commuters were delayed early morning as many roads and travel services closed due to the severe weather. Northern Rail suspended services between Wigan Wallgate and Kirkby and Virgin Trains also cancelled trains between Warrington and Wigan as winds reached up to 66mph during the day.
Drivers ground to a halt during the rush hour this morning as an overturned lorry on the M6 closed all three lanes.
Rectory Lane in Standish and Warrington Road in Marus Bridge were also blocked early afternoon after trees fell across the carriageways.
Alan Harrison from the Wigan Tree and Hedge Service quickly moved into action after witnessing a tree falling into the Hockery Brook pub in Hindley, which caused a window to shatter.
He said: “Fortunately nobody was hurt but things could have been much worse. People don’t realise just how dangerous these winds can be.”
The Environment Agency has issued 26 severe flood warnings, its highest category, ahead of the most serious coastal tidal surge for over 60 years in England.”
A spokesman from the Met Office said: “The winds will be short-lived and will continue to ease off throughout Thursday. Hopefully the worst has now passed.”
The Environment Agency’s Head of Incident Management, said: “People are being urged to check the Environment Agency website. We continue to monitor the situation closely and our teams have been out in force.”
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