Council response after high winds batter Edinburgh
Published Tuesday 24 May 2011
High winds hit the capital yesterday with the City of Edinburgh Council’s Roads and Forestry teams working flat out to deal with the stormy weather.
Yesterday, Street Cleaning, Grounds Maintenance, Forestry and Roads Services were all working as normal.
Staff spent much of the day and evening dealing with storm related damage and debris.
The Council set up a response unit at Bankhead depot to deal with weather related calls.
After 5pm, around 25 staff were dealing with fallen trees, reinstating road works barriers and clearing storm related debris.
In addition, three squads of private contractors were brought in to assist.
Today, staff from roads services, street cleansing, forestry and grounds maintenance were continuing to prioritise the clearing of storm damage, including fallen trees.
Princes Street Gardens was closed yesterday due to the high winds. Two small trees and a couple of larger branches came down in the Gardens.
West Princes Street Gardens has reopened today, although the East is still closed. There are still a number of large broken branches embedded within the trees, which the Council is making safe.
Staff are inspecting the area and hope to have the Park open as usual for Wednesday.
Edinburgh Bus Station was closed on Monday due to concerns over safety.
Buses will be arriving and departing from St Andrew Square until the necessary repairs have been made.
Most of the toilets, lockers and the coffee shop are still open and can be accessed by pedestrians via the signed route on North Clyde Street Lane.
It is too early to put a cost to the storm damage and the number of trees which have fallen, as work is still ongoing.
Winds are due to ease later on today. There are currently no severe weather warnings in place for Edinburgh.
Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environmental Leader, said: "The storm yesterday was unusual for this time of year but the Council has contingency plans in place to deal with the dangers of high winds. A big 'thank you' goes out to all the staff who were working hard, battling the elements to keep the city safe. Public safety is our top priority and we are working around the clock to clean up the all debris and damage from this latest bout of severe weather."