Villagers help clear fallen tree

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VILLAGERS stepped in to clear a tree that came down in strong winds in Algarkirk as council workers became swamped with problems across the county.

Two residents helped a PCSO to cut up the tree in Hall Lane at about 7.30am on Thursday.

A police spokesman said: “Highways were understandably rushed off their feet and couldn’t give an estimated time of arrival of attendance so local residents went out with their own chainsaws to remove it and clear the road.”

She said the PCSO had been in attendance for traffic duty.

Resident Martin Reed had just returned from Boston when he found a neighbour cutting the tree, along with the PCSO.

He said: “I saw another man from the avenue and he was chopping it up and I said ‘Hold on, I’ll come back with my chainsaw.”

He said the parish council also had a list of who could be called on to deal with fallen trees. The road was reopened at 9.15am.

Fallen trees were to blame for problems elsewhere in south Lincolnshire. Trees also came down in Fen Road, Holbeach, and Hannath Road, Tydd Gote.