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Updates on Storm Eunice

Published Monday 21 February, 2022
Last updated on Monday 23 May, 2022

Storm Eunice brought disruption to the southern half of the UK today (Friday 18 February), and a red wind warning was issued by the Met Office for between 10am and 3pm, and an amber wind warning for between 5am and 9pm.

Service impacts

Waste and recycling

We are prioritising collection of general waste that could not be collected on Friday following suspending collections in the afternoon. Crews are collecting missed green general waste bins from the roads listed below tomorrow (Tuesday 22 February), and are asking residents to please put their missed general waste bins back out tomorrow for collection:

  • Somerset Close
  • Syndey Avenue
  • Cromers Road
  • Blandford Gardens
  • Woodstock Road
  • Fruiterers Close
  • Stockers Brow
  • Stockers Hill
  • Highsted Valley
  • Cheney Hill
  • Brownings Orchard
  • Bottles Lane
  • Elizabeth Cottages, Rodmersham
  • St Patricks Row, Rodmersham
  • Rodemersham Green
  • Green Lane
  • Maple Court
  • Church Street
  • Upper Road

We will not be returning to missed garden waste or recycling. These will be emptied on the next scheduled blue or brown bin collection day.

The decision has also been made to postpone delivery of food waste bins to residents of Wellesley Road, Unity Street and Berridge Road until tomorrow, Tuesday 22 February.

To help minimise damage to your new food waste bins that would be caused by the strong gusts of wind today, we will deliver the bins tomorrow. This is ahead of the food waste collections for Marine Town residents as part of a three month trial starting next week. We will be sending targeted messaging to residents of Marine Town to alert them of this.

Parks and open spaces

We have received around 60 enquiries relating to trees. Ninety per cent of these are down and safe and will be dealt with under our contracted tree days over the next few weeks. Two are currently being dealt with and a further five are planned for action over the weekend.

Leisure centres

Swallows has remained open.

Sheppey leisure centre has reopened following its closure on Friday, but the main pool is remaining closed due to a burst pipe that occurred earlier in the week. This is a major repair and is scheduled to be reopened by 5th March.

Housing

Housing’s out of hours service have warned that they are busy and anyone trying to contact them may have to wait longer than usual.

Steps you can take to stay safe in a storm

Travel

  • If your trip is essential, check your route before you set off – for where to go for the latest traffic and travel updates in Kent visit KCC’s Travel & Transport page
  • If you must travel, allow extra time to get to your destination – because driving conditions in storms are difficult and possibly dangerous and you are likely to face delays. Follow National Highways advice about travelling on major roads in high winds
  • National Highways – in collaboration with the Met Office, has issued a severe weather alert for strong winds covering several areas, including the South East, between 6am and 6pm on Friday. It means high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes could be blown over on specific stretches of road including the A249 Kings Ferry/Sheppey Crossing.
  • Kent County Council Highways – extra crews and tree surgeons are on stand-by to close and clear roads of fallen trees and debris as quickly as possible. To report any emergency issues, including fallen trees in the road, to KCC Highways call 03000 418181, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or on 03000 419191 at all other times.
  • Southeastern Trains – operating a reduced timetable and enforcing a 50mph speed restriction across most of its network on Friday.

Power

  • UK Power Networks – say it is possible there will be outages across Kent and high winds will likely mean it won’t be safe for crews to start carrying out repairs to restore power until later Friday afternoon. Vulnerable customers will be prioritised but anyone who suffers a power cut can contact UK Power Networks by calling 105. If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public please call 999.
  • Gas leak – if you suspect a gas leak, call the National Grid emergency line on 0800 111 9999.

On the coast

  • Environment Agency – while a coastal surge is not expected along the Kent coast, some flood alerts will be in place and the strongest Eunice winds, potentially over 80-90mph, will be experienced in coastal and exposed areas. The EA is warning that large waves are likely and beach material could be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and paths and properties. Wave watching and posing for storm selfies could put you, and others, including the emergency services, in danger. In the event of flooding, call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

Emergency 

  • Call 999

Health

  • NHS – the vaccination bus scheduled to be at Asda in Chatham on Friday has been cancelled.

At home

  • Look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours, particularly if there are power losses where you live, and
  • Lock shed doors and secure garden furniture, trampolines, wheelie bins and other outdoor items that could blow away in strong winds.

Businesses

  • Secure any street furniture like tables, chairs, and
  • Secure or bring signage at the front of premises inside so it doesn’t pose a risk to others.