Hounslow Council helped keep the borough safe by reacting quickly and efficiently to a number of incidents.
Published: Friday, 24th February 2017
Hounslow Council helped keep the borough safe by reacting quickly and efficiently to a number of incidents including several fallen trees as Storm Doris tore across the borough and the UK yesterday [Thursday 23 February].
Both Carillon, who manage the borough’s parks, and Hounslow Highways, who manage the borough’s street services, were on call constantly throughout the day and evening.
One of the most serious incidents was when a large tree fell on to a car in the car park of Brentford Library, Boston Manor Road. The occupants of the vehicle were treated by emergency services for minor injuries and shock. Carillion were on site immediately to make safe the area while the library was temporarily closed.
A tree also damaged a window at Osterley Library, St Mary’s Crescent, Isleworth, causing the library also to close for time while everything was cleared away.
Hounslow Highways and Carillion collectively dealt with around 40 incidents overall. This included going above and beyond to deal with potential dangerous situations outside of their contractual obligations. Some roads and footpaths were closed during the day so that the debris of fallen trees could be cleared and made safe.
Meetings were held throughout by emergency planning staff who were also continuing to monitor weather updates so that the most up to date and precise warnings could be given to residents across the borough.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “I would like to give my personal thanks to those services who were involved in making sure the borough has been kept safe from the danger of falling trees and other incidents which has been a result of yesterday’s storm.
“As always, it is a case of making sure we are prepared then acting quickly when needed in order to protect all our residents.”
Services who worked late into yesterday evening to ensure staff were in the right locations to deal with incidents quickly, will also continue with the clear-up over the next few days. Checks will be carried out on remaining trees to make certain there is no risk of further damage.
Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “Our teams reacted immediately to all incidents and we send our best wishes to those residents who were injured.
“Everything is monitored closely across the parks to ensure all those residents and visitors using them, are kept safe at all times and this will continue as we look to make sure there is no further structural damage anywhere and any more risks from existing trees that may have been damaged.”