Emergency teams on standby in Northumberland after severe weather forecast

Severe wind and rain has been forecast for this weekend.
Severe wind and rain has been forecast for this weekend.

Northumberland County Council has said that staff will be on standby round the clock to deal with any issues this weekend, after severe weather has been forecast.

Each weekend, there are three area teams from the council’s Local Services working to keep the road network open and deal with any flooding issues or fallen trees. This weekend, with strong gales and rain predicted, two tree emergency teams are also on standby, covering the whole county, to deal with any trees that may get blown down onto Northumberland’s roads. The council also has access to tree surgeons across the county who they can call on to deal with fallen or dangerous trees if they can get their quicker than council staff.

Last weekend, the council was called to 30 fallen trees, mainly in the west of the county, and attended all of them. Each one is assessed to see what potential danger or impact it may have and then chopped down and removed if necessary.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: "Our priority is to keep the roads of Northumberland open and traffic flowing and we have teams of staff working this weekend to ensure this happens. We work closely with our partners in the emergency services at times of extreme weather and would also remind the public to take a little extra care when travelling this weekend due to the predicted high winds and rain."

If people need to report a fallen or dangerous tree, they can contact the council on 0345 600 6400 up to 6.30pm today or beyond that time call Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service fire control on 01670 627599.