70mph winds leave be­hind a mass trail of de­struc­tion

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - John Scheer­hout

TH­ESE were the dra­matic scenes out­side one house bat­tered by the storm which lashed Greater Manch­ester.

A 20ft oak tree was up-rooted and crashed onto the cor­ner of a de­tached house in Wors­ley as rain and winds gust­ing up to 70mph hit the county.

A brick wall run­ning be­side the tree also top­pled over while branches dam­aged the roof of the de­tached prop­erty in El­len­brook Road and also dented the roof of a Mercedes parked in an ad­ja­cent drive­way.

The cou­ple living in­side the house man­aged to get out of the prop­erty un­harmed.

Crew manager Simon Cord­ing said: “The tree had landed on the front of the house, caus­ing dam­age to the house and a car next door. The cou­ple in­side luck­ily got out safely.”

The drama was one of nine storm-re­lated in­ci­dents Greater Manch­ester Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice re­sponded to dur­ing a dra­matic fourhour pe­riod.

There were no re­ports of any in­juries.

At 9.45pm last Mon­day six homes were flooded at Hill­side Gar­dens in Sum­merseat, near Rams­bot­tom.

Fire­fight­ers were called to St Catherine’s Academy on Stitch-Mi-Lane in Bolton at 10.28pm af­ter flood­ing af­fected some of the build­ing.

A chim­ney stack col­lapsed across the roof of a house on Hughes Street in Bolton at 12.26am. Fire­fight­ers cleared the de­bris.

A pen­sioner, 92, called the fire ser­vice at 12.38am when a cricket pitch cover from a nearby field blew onto her bun­ga­low in Cop­pice Close, Wood­ley.

Fire­fight­ers were called to Bradshaw Con­ser­va­tive Club on Lee Gate in Bolton at 12.47am af­ter winds dam­aged the roof. At 1.08am, five homes were flooded on Conger Av­enue in Lit­tle­bor­ough.

Shortly be­fore 2am the base­ment of Fairview Nurs­ing Home in Manch­ester Road, Au­den­shaw, was flooded.

City cen­tre res­i­dents also said the Beetham Tower was ‘whistling’ again. The un­usual high­pitched noise has been emit­ted from the 47storey, 561ft tower on Deans­gate, in strong winds since it was built.

l●The tree that fell onto a house on El­len­brook, Wors­ley, dam­ag­ing the roof and a neigh­bour­ing car fol­low­ing the gale-force winds that rocked Greater Manch­ester last week

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