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Stockton Council serves the towns of Stockton, Norton, Billingham, Thornaby, Ingleby Barwick and Yarm

 

 

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Storm advice

With a significant proportion of the borough being bounded by the River Tees and North Sea, the possibility of severe storms and weather cannot be discounted.

Severe gales are the most common cause of disruption and damage in the UK and may not only damage property and threaten life, but also seriously disrupt communications and utility supply infrastructure.

To report damage to trees please contact the Council's Care for For Your Area Service on (01642) 391959.  If you would like assistance outside of normal office hours (8am to 6pm), please contact the Council's Community Safety Team on (01642) 528989.

The Met Office provides the following advice for when a storm is due, what to do during the storm and precautions to take after the storm.

 

Before the storm

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows or other objects
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30 degrees
  • If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened
  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them

 

During the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs

 

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.

 

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