Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue urge “stay indoors” as they tackle Bedford road blocked by fallen tree

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A fallen tree has blocked the road heading into Biddenham. Image: Theresa Minister/Facebook

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) are urging people to “stay indoors” as winds from storm Eunice pick up across the area.

Crews are also getting calls to deal with fallen debris and are currently working on clearing a fallen tree blocking the road heading into Biddenham.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for Bedford Borough and a rare red weather warning for parts of Central Bedfordshire.

Read: Bedfordians advised “only travel if you have to” as Storm Eunice edges closer

Group Commander Rob Hulatt, who heads up the Prevention team at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service says: “I’m on duty all weekend and will be part of the team responding to what Storm Eunice brings us in addition to our ‘business as usual’ calls.

“Earlier in the week, Storm Dudley saw a slight increase in calls for us and for Blue Light partners, especially to fallen trees blocking carriageways.

“With Storm Eunice now upon us, I want to assure Bedfordshire residents that their Fire Service is well equipped, well prepared and well trained.

“From a multi-agency point of view, a range of partners have met at our multi-agency forums to share intelligence to ultimately keep Bedfordshire as safe as possible.

BFRS have joined the Met Office, National Highways and Bedford Borough Council in urging people to only leave the house if absolutely necessary.

People are also being asked to make sure items in their garden are secured to prevent them being carried away by the wind, as they may causing harm or injury to others.

Rail and road travel has been severely affected and some villages in North Bedfordshire have experienced power cuts.

If you come across a blocked road call the Council’s Highways Helpdesk on 01234 718003.

UK Power Networks (ukpowernetworks.co.uk) and Western Power Distribution (westernpower.co.uk) provide power across Bedford Borough.

If you see any damaged power lines you can contact them both by calling 105 for free from a landline or a mobile phone).

Do not approach damaged electricity cables as they may still be live.

If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public please call 999.

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