High winds batter the county overnight as Storm Barney hits

Strong winds
Strong winds

Emergency services and highways officers in the county have been kept busy overnight and this morning in the aftermath of Storm Barney.

With gale force winds of up 70mph measured across the country, everyone was battening down the hatches last night (Wednesday) to make sure homes and property was secure, while motorists were warned to take care in case of fallen trees and debris.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said this morning the storm has resulted in 65 trees down across roads in the county, along with other objects, but no injuries.

He said: “Highways are aware, they have a long list, and they are trying to clear up the debris. You will appreciate that they are also very busy today.

“Can everyone please drive safely allowing extra time for your journey and be aware that you may find obstructions in the road, so please slow down.”

Sleaford Police reported lots of calls about fallen trees and also urged people to drive carefully to the conditions.

“You don’t want to be bumping into any fallen trees,” said a member of the Sleaford Neighbourhood Policing Team.

At 9.50pm last nigght the fire crew from Billinghay were mobilised to reports of a possible chimney fire.

A fire service spokesman said later that this was actually ash and embers being drawn up from a wood burner due to the heavy winds.

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