Com­mu­nity spirit helps to re­build Doris dam­age

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by AMITA JOSHI amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @ami­ta­joshi

STORM Doris might have thrown the worst weather at west Lon­don, but it did not stop Ruis­lip res­i­dents bring­ing out their com­mu­nity spirit.

Ruis­lip res­i­dent Bill Flynn was walk­ing in Tiver­ton Road on Thursday Fe­bru­ary 23 when he no­ticed a wo­man try­ing to clear the walk­way af­ter her en­tire brick wall had come down in wind speeds of more than 70mph.

Af­ter see­ing she might need some as­sis­tance, a team of helpers were soon on hand and spent part of the evening clear­ing the dam­age.

Mr Flynn said: “Her hus­band was on his way home but was some dis­tance away and she had 3,500 bricks all over the pave­ment to clear up.

“I just thought she could do with some help.”

He put a call out on a Ruis­lip Face­book group ask­ing if peo­ple could help her

He wrote: “The lady is on her own and would very much ap­pre­ci­ate the help of some lo­cal res­i­dents to help clear up the mess. If you could spare half an hour also please do.”

Af­ter the mess was suc­cess­fully cleared, oth­ers in the group praised the team for their com­mu­nity spirit.

Mary Brim­ble wrote: “It’s lovely to read about all the peo­ple com­ing to­gether to help.

“That’s one thing I’ve no­ticed. When push comes to shove you see the best in your neigh­bours.”

Mandy Pur­nell added: “Well done to all who helped. Com­mu­nity spirit does still ex­ist.”

Lon­don’s emer­gency ser­vices faced sev­eral in­ci­dents across west Lon­don on Thursday af­ter the “weather bomb” made its im­pact, leav­ing a trails of de­struc­tion.

Heathrow flights were can­celled and travel dis­rup­tions left com­muters in de­s­pair across Eus­ton and Maryle­bone sta­tions.

Lon­don Fire Brigade said it at­tended more than 200 Storm Doris re­lated in­ci­dents across the capital by 7pm on Fe­bru­ary 23.

Trees had fallen in Isle- worth and Uxbridge and the roof of a Costa Cof­fee, in Kil­burn, tore off in pow­er­ful gusts, see­ing the A5 close for around two hours while fire en­gines dealt with roof de­bris.

A man was also taken to hospi­tal with head in­juries out­side Vic­to­ria Sta­tion af­ter he was hit by fly­ing de­bris.

(Right and below right) The brick wall was blown down at the height of Storm Doris on Thursday Fe­bru­ary 23; (below) this fallen tree nar­rowly avoided landing on a pedes­trian

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