GALLERY: Trees down, residents tell of lucky escape, fence panels blown over - and a street lamp takes a fall- as Ely hit by strong winds

Tree blown down at junction of Beech Lane and New Barnes, Ely (Photo: Clinton Edwards)

Tree blown down at junction of Beech Lane and New Barnes, Ely (Photo: Clinton Edwards) - Credit: Archant

Ely got a battering on Sunday as high winds brought down trees, fence panels, and even a lamp post.

Tree blown down at junction of Beech Lane and New Barnes, Ely (Photo: Clinton Edwards)

Tree blown down at junction of Beech Lane and New Barnes, Ely (Photo: Clinton Edwards) - Credit: Archant

Residents living in the Beech Lane/New Barns area of the city told of their lucky escape when a tree toppled, blocking the road near the Spar shop.

“Amazing how this happens,” said one resident. “We have smaller ones outside that did not collapse-glad no one got hurt.”

Another said: “Thank God it fell the way it did. My sister lives there and it caught the bumper of her car.”

One other resident said: “I heard a bang but didn’t think it was a tree – it’s really sad as I have walked past this tree for years.”

Tree blown down at junction of Beech Lane and New Barnes, Ely (Photo: Clinton Edwards)

Tree blown down at junction of Beech Lane and New Barnes, Ely (Photo: Clinton Edwards) - Credit: Archant


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A resident thought the tree was diseased.

“You could smell it,” she said. “Everyone is really lucky it fell when it did, it could have killed someone.”

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A community Facebook page – Spotted in Ely- recounted many views from residents.

“I stood there looking at tree that was down and another one came down at end of road too,” he said.

Fence panels down at brooke grove ely

Fence panels down at brooke grove ely - Credit: Archant

Another wrote: “I’ve had two fence panels down and tiles off the roof. Bloody wind.”

There were also reports of emergency services attending a fallen tree on the back road to Littleport.

And in Stour Green a street lamp down fell down because of the high winds.

The band of torrential rain and strong winds swept across the Anglia region and damage also included a garden fence blown down in Brooke Grove, Ely.

* Did you suffer storm damage? email dan.mansfield@archant.co.uk

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