[30 OCT 00]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Storms Bring Havoc
To The Area
hit Coventry and Warwickshire this morning with heavy winds and
rain bringing devastation to the area.
and fire crews were inundated with pleas for help as residents
woke up to trees crashing on to cars, roads and power lines.
trains running through Coventry were cancelled as lines were
blocked and power cables brought down. Birmingham International
station was closed when part of the roof caved in.
crews were called into action at around 6.30am as the gusts
intensified. Crews from Radford fire station had to pull a tree
off the Kenilworth Road and Radford Road during the rush hour.
were calls to deal with a roof blowing off a house in Middlemarch
Road, Radford, and a tree falling on a car in Holyhead Road.
officer Danny Moynihan said crews from the station were also
called to help out in Solihull, which was hit harder.
police reported more than 100 weather-related calls in the north
of the county, as flooding in some areas caused further problems.
occupants of a car in Water Orton had a narrow escape a tree
crashed onto it, and in Marston Lane, Bedworth a vehicle was stuck
in flood water.
A4098 near the Belfry golf course was blocked, and cables were
reported to have fallen in Nether Whitacre.
south Warwickshire there were reports of around 100 trees falling.
badly affected included the B4086 between Wellesbourne and
Stratford, which had eight trees blocking the road, and the A452
between Kenilworth and Leamington, where floods added to
ford in Castle Road, Kenilworth flooded, closing the road, and a
tree blocked the road just outside Henley School in
in the West Midlands appeal for people to only use ring 999 in
times of an emergency after being swamped with calls reporting
falling trees and floods.
urged drivers to take care when driving, to be patient and allow
longer for journeys.
Virgin Trains spokesman said the company was urging all passengers
not to travel. No trains are running south of Birmingham on any
service, and it will take a long time ore the damage is fully
assessed and the track re-opened.
faced being stranded as some trains turned around and returned to
their starting point. The spokesman said buses were not being laid
on as the roads in some areas were suffering equal problems.