70mph winds leave behind a mass trail of destruction
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