Emergency Services response to Storm Katie in Crowborough


Emergency services in Sussex received a large number of weather related incidents over the last 24 hours as Storm Katie swept dramatically over southern Britain during the night of Easter Sunday and into the morning on Easter Monday.

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Tree Croft Road car park

The progress of Storm Katie was covered by three National Severe Weather Warnings including an Amber (‘Be Prepared’) warning for wind in South East England.

The maximum gust speed recorded by the Met Office was 106 miles per hour at 5am on the Needles on the Isle of Wight.

Between midnight and 9.30am on Monday morning (28th March) Sussex Police received some 600 weather-related calls, the vast majority relating to trees down on properties or in roads.

Besides a few fallen trees, it seemed despite the high altitude Crowborough escaped the worst of the wind.   On Monday morning the main damage seemed to be fences and roofs.

Southern rail services on the Uckfield Line were disrupted due to an obstruction near Crowborough.

UK Power Networks, who own and maintain electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and East of England, answered about 22,000 customer calls.

Electricity has been restored to the majority of the 100,000 properties affected by power cuts.

UK Power Networks today have said there are isolated places in the South East which remain without power – most of these are single premises rather than groups of customers.  If you are still without power you can check the live fault map here.

Crowborough Fire Crew

Just after 2.30am firefighters were called to a property on Myrtle Road to reports of flooding affecting electrics.   Water was entering two rooms due to storm damage and firefighters help salvage furniture and belongings.

Just after 7.30am, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a dangerous chimney structure on Western Gardens in Crowborough, and an appliance from Crowborough Fire Station was dispatched.  On arrival crews confirmed that a chimney stack was in an unsafe position.  Using a 15 meter ladder and safety equipment to access the rooftop to make the chimney safe.Crowborough-Fire-Appliances

Later in the morning one of the appliances from Crowborough came across two fallen trees, one down on Crowborough Hill and the other Rotherfield Hill.

At about 5.45pm, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of people trapped their vehicle in water in Piltdown.

Appliances from Uckfield, Crowborough and Lewes attended the incident on Sharpsbridge Road.  All three occupants were successfully rescued and no injuries were reported.



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