Strong winds continue to cause disruption across district (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Strong winds continue to cause disruption across Epping Forest district
12:23pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
This morning's strong winds are continuing to cause disruption on the roads and on the public transport network across the district.
Fallen trees and debris have affected road and rail routes across Essex with motorists being advised to take extra care on local roads. Standing water may also add to the hazard of debris from trees and buildings.
There are reports of power supply problems in Theydon Bois, Coopersale and High Ongar. The M11 southbound between Harlow and Bishops Stortford (Junctions 8 and 7) has been closed by a blown over lorry.
The Central line was suspended between Leytonstone and Epping by several trees on the line. It has since resumed service but there continue to be severe delays.
On the M25 the QEII Bridge has been reopened.
Golding’s Hill in Loughton has been blocked by a fallen tree and a tree is also down just past Rolls corner, blocking entry to Chigwell.
On the Dobbs Weir Road council workers haven removed debris from a fallen tree which was blocking the road. There was also evidence of another tree already removed in Lindsay Street.
A tree is reported to be partially blocking the Four Wantz roundabout at Ongar.
Council refuse and recycling vehicles have gone out this morning. However, many blue boxes and recycling sacks are being blown by the wind.
Council staff are emptying litter bins and will carry out litter picking where and when possible.
Essex County Council has closed the landfill sites, which is expected to cause some disruption to collection arrangements.
Epping market is officially closed.
Epping Forest District Council’s housing services has reported fence panels and TV aerials down, which are mainly tenants’ responsibilities, and one house damaged by a fallen chimney in the Broadway, Loughton.
The Met Office reports that the strongest of the winds have now moved out into the North Sea and the amber warning for wind that has been in force for some time has now been cancelled.