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Spalding area battered by Storm Ciara

Storm Ciara wrecked havoc across South Holland over the weekend as strong winds and heavy rain battered the district.

Powerful winds felled trees, damaged property and left more than 140 homes without power on Sunday.

Lincolnshire Police received a total of 238 calls across the county in relation to Storm Ciara on Sunday while the fire service attended 19 of the 42 reports received.

Wind damage at Whaplode primary school (28851208)
Wind damage at Whaplode primary school (28851208)


Generous parents and friends gave up their Sunday afternoon to repair the damage caused to the swimming pool at Whaplode Primary School.

A panel from the roof was blown off during the gale and allowed water into the building.

Thankfully, about 12 members of Whaplode Swimming Pool Committee and friends turned out to repair the roof.

Committee treasurer Lorraine Rous said: "We are thankful to the committee members along with husbands and fathers who were drafted into help.

"We were there for about an hour putting it back on."

Up to 147 homes in South Holland were left without power yesterday (Sunday) as a result of Storm Ciara.

Engineers from Western Power Distribution are battling against the weather to return power to homes in the district.

In Dowsdale Bank, Shepeau Stow, 54 homes were left without electricity with 33 homes in Low Fulney.

A total of 21 homes in the Hazelwood Lane area of Fleet with 28 homes in the Main Street area of Gedney Dyke also lost power during the storm.

Up to 11 homes in Station Road, Long Sutton, and two more properties in Fengate, Moulton Chapel , were also affected.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said: "Our engineers have been working round the clock to restore power to more than 160,000 in the aftermath of Storm Ciara.

"We are extremely proud to have such a dedicated and hard-working group of staff who go out in all weathers and conditions to help keep the power on for customers in South Lincolnshire and across the region.”

Earlier today (Monday), Bull Lane, in Long Sutton, was blocked for a couple of hours as a result of a fallen tree.

South Holland District Council have also cancelled tomorrow's (Tuesday) market due to the weather.

A spokesman said: "Due to the high winds caused by StormCiara, we have decided to cancel tomorrow's Spalding Market. The safety of stallholders and shoppers is our main priority."

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