WEATHER: Severe wind fells trees across Sheffield as clean-up efforts recall ‘blitz spirit’

Dominic Cook with the fallen tree
Dominic Cook with the fallen tree

A Sheffield dad-of-two has hailed the ‘Blitz spirit’ after a group of neighbours helped clear a fallen tree from a main road after it was blown over in extreme winds.

Severe wind has hit Sheffield and South Yorkshire over the last 24 hours, with reports of trees being brought down across the city.

A Cherry tree fell on Arnold Avenue in Charnock last night, completely blocking the road and threatening disruption to the number 51 bus route, a major route running along the road.

But a group of five neighbours, led by dad Dominic Cook, aged 41, jumped into action and sawed the tree up to remove it from the road.

Dr Cook said: “As soon as the wind blew the tree down, we all clubbed together, grabbed a saw and took it off the road.

“The road was completely blocked. But we managed to keep the 51 bus moving without disrupting the schedule.

“It was like the spirit of the Blitz.”

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Dr Cook, father to two children aged 16 months and three years old, said he reported the tree to Sheffield Council last summer as likely to fall down, but the tree remained in place until yesterday.

Other Sheffield residents reported wind damage across the city.

Jane Hughes said on Twitter that Abbey Lane, Beauchief, was blocked on one side.

Christopher Delamere reported that trees fell on Lane End in Chapeltown.

Drivers on the A1 last night reported difficulties battling through high winds, while a gust of 93mph was recorded in High Bradfield.

The MET Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, one for strong, severe winds and another forecasting snow and ice.

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