Sunday, 19 November 2017

Storm causes disruption

A STORM during the night and early hours caused transport problems in Henley and South Oxfordshire.

A STORM during the night and early hours caused transport problems in Henley and South Oxfordshire.

Click here to view photos of some of the damage around Henley, pictures courtesy of Luke Smith.

Winds of up 60mph brought down trees and debris from broken branches and wheelie bins that had been blown over was strewn across roads.

A tree fell from Friar Park in Henley, which is owned by Olivia Harrison, and demolished a silver Peugeot 206 parked in Hop Gardens.

Another tree fell by Swiss Farm in Marlow Road.

Wargrave Road was closed after a tree fell and blocked it between Kentons Lane and Henley Rowing Club.

Drivers were forced to go via Crazies Hill and White Hill, which was strewn with fallen branches. Queues of traffic formed on Remenham Hill.

Oxfordshire County Council said its highways staff attended about 40 incidents involving fallen or leaning trees with Southern Oxfordshire the worst affected part of the county.

Reading Bridge was closed by police for part of the rush some due to a fallen tree blocking the route, causing traffic tailbacks.

Commuters were delayed for up to two hours as trains from Henley to London Paddington were badly disrupted.

The storm, dubbed St Jude, also caused power cuts in parts of Henley and Shiplake early this morning.

Sonning Bridge remained open as planned maintenance work was postponed for 24 hours.

Were you affected by the storm? Email news@henleystandard.co.uk or call the news desk on (01491) 419444.

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