South Holland recovers from Storm Doris battering

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Towns and villages across South Holland are recovering today after feeling the full force of Storm Doris.

Schools, transport services and businesses were all severely disrupted as winds of up to 80mph blew through the district.

The fallen tree outside the Old Johnson Hospital in Priory Road, Spalding.  Photo by Welland Photo Services, Spalding.

The fallen tree outside the Old Johnson Hospital in Priory Road, Spalding. Photo by Welland Photo Services, Spalding.

Reports of fallen trees in Spalding, Holbeach, Moulton, Moulton Seas End, Weston Hills kept emergency services at full throttle throughout Thursday.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed that it had dealt with “a call every two minutes”, while East Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with reports of “people being blown over, trees falling onto cars and houses, and windows being blown in”.

Students at Spalding Grammar School and Spalding High School were sent home early after bus firm Brylaine Travel suspended its services.

A tweet from Brylaine Travel this morning said: “Spalding town services are presently unable to access the Sheep Market and Maple Grove due to fallen trees - we will return to normal (as soon as possible).”

High winds brought down this tree at Spalding Bus Station.  Photo by Nohman Ahmad.

High winds brought down this tree at Spalding Bus Station. Photo by Nohman Ahmad.

Meanwhile, a Lincolnshore Police spokesman said: “Time and again Lincolnshire proves itself as a county that unites in testing times.

“We cannot give enough thanks to the numerous members of the public who turned out with their skills and their equipment to help us, and (Lincolnshire) County Council, clear the roads and make them safe.”

• For a full round-up of Storm Doris in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings, buy Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.

Storm Doris was responsible for felling this tree outside Boyes store in Holbeach.  Photo supplied.

Storm Doris was responsible for felling this tree outside Boyes store in Holbeach. Photo supplied.