Strong winds blow down tree

uproot smallSome local motorists and pedestrians had a lucky escape on Wednesday afternoon (12th February) when a tree crashed to the ground at the junction of Mitchell Road and Alexandra Avenue.

The incident happened just as local schoolchildren were making their way home and early rush-hour traffic along Mitchell Road had to reverse and divert.

Council workers moved the tree and opened the road just before Wednesday tea time.

The danger of falling trees and damage to structures was the same all over the country with very few areas escaping what is being described as the worst spell of bad weather for many years.

A number of main roads in the county were closed or adversely affected due to flooding.

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The Met Office  issued a weather warning for winds across Leicestershire during the afternoon and the amber warning for wind is in force until 7am tomorrow (Thursday 13th February).


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