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Storm causes road closures
Published 24/12/13



A STORM lasting almost 24 hours caused traffic problems in Henley and South Oxfordshire.

Torrential rain and winds of up to 70mph brought down trees on roads, causing delays to drivers, while trains were also disrupted.

A total of 2,000 homes in Henley and Shiplake were without power for about two hours on Monday.

Teams of council workmen, firefighters and police worked through the night to clear trees from roads as well as debris from broken branches and wheelie bins that had been blown over.

A tree at the entrance to Thames Farm near Shiplake fell into Readng Road at about 5pm yesterday, reducing the road to one lane.

Henley firefighters were called to the Henley Business School at 2am today because a fire alarm was sounded but they couldn’t get there due to a tree that had fallen and blocked Marlow Road. They had to chop up the tree to clear the road.

Part of Henley Road in Caversham was also partially blocked by a fallen tree.

Part of the Inner Distribution Road in Reading was closed due to parts of the Oracle shopping centre being blown off and falling into the road. This resulted in traffic jams, piling on the misery for last-minute Christmas shoppers.

Sonning Bridge was also closed to traffic due to a fallen tree.

There were no high-speed trains from First Great Western going through Reading this morning and South West Trains did not start running services at 10am.

Anyone flying today was warned that power outages at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal were causing disruption to flights.

After a calmer Christmas, more bad weather is expected on Friday.


Published 24/12/13

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