Roads closed across Bedford as strong winds bring down trees

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Credit: Susan Hughes

Bedford Borough didn’t escape the winds and heavy rain battering much of the UK over Friday and Saturday.

Two roads were closed temporarily yesterday (10 Aug) after strong winds brought down trees.

Bedford Borough Council are said to have cleared away around 20 fallen trees.

Falcon Avenue in Brickhill and a road in Riseley were blocked by fallen trees but these were quickly cleared away and the roads reopened.

Meanwhile a tree that fell on a Polhill Avenue driveway destroyed two cars.

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Police passing by the Polhill Avenue driveway stopped to help. Credit: Susan Hughes

Susan Hughes described on the We Are Bedford Facebook page how passing police officers came to help and were then joined by council tree surgeons who removed the tree.

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Tree surgeons on behalf of Bedford Borough Council then attended to clear up. Credit: Susan Hughes

Speaking of the incident and comments made on her post, Susan said: “It was a bit upsetting as both cars were crushed.

“But, the kind thoughts of hundreds of Bedford people and the help from the police and the speed of the response from the council has lifted our spirits.”

Cars were also damaged in Pembroke Street, although witness say they seem to have escaped with just a few scratches.

There are, currently, no reports of anyone being injured in any of the incidents.

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A tree also fell on cars in Pembroke Avenue. Credit: Patrick Ayre

On Friday (9 Aug), heavy rain caused chaos for rail users and holidaymakers in the area.

A wide-spread power cut left trains at a standstill forcing train operators to cancel services.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers returning to Luton were delayed when the immigration hall was flooded.

Read: Major power cuts leave Bedford/St. Pancras trains at standstill