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Firefighters called to 64 incidents during Storm Doris

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue attended 64 incidents yesterday (23 February) when Storm Doris swept the nation.

Firefighters and officers across the two counties attended an array of weather related emergencies, many of which involved fallen trees and dangerous structures.

In Kidderminster, a crew worked hard to remove a large tree from the roadway which had fallen onto three vehicles. Luckily no one was trapped and the scene was made safe.

Specialist crews from Droitwich were also in Kidderminster at an incident that involved an 80ft tree that had fallen onto a terraced house. The crew used ladders and chainsaws to remove the tree and make the area safe.
Meanwhile on the M5, between junctions 9-8, several crews were called out to a lorry that had blown over in the wind, which consequently closed two lanes.

Hereford was also battered by strong winds, which saw the roof canopy of a local petrol station at risk of being blown off. Firefighters from Hereford Fire Station helped secure approximately 30 meters of the roof and ensured that it was not a risk to the public.

Area Commander Jon Pryce said: "Due to the storm yesterday, our crews and officers attended a large amount of weather related incidents and worked hard to ensure that our local communities were safe and disruption was kept to a minimum."

The Met Office predicts icy patches for today so HWFRS is encouraging motorists to take extra care on the roads, reduce their speed and allow more time for their journeys.