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Kier Highways Worker Teams Battle Storm Ciara

Infra News - Published on Fri, 21 Feb 2020

Image Source: Kier Highways Storm Ciara
Storm Ciara wreaked havoc across the UK, with strong winds of up to 50mph causing falling trees, broken lighting columns, flooding and debris on the highways. Up and down the country, Kier Highways road workers were at hand to help residents and road users in the areas it operates. In Surrey, the highways team dealt with a staggering 323 emergency call outs over three days with tree-related incidents making up the bulk of the emergencies. This volume of calls is in comparison with the average 13 call outs a day Surrey Highways receives throughout the rest of the year.

It wasn’t only the local authority roads that were helped by Kier Highways, across the strategic road networks, Kier Highways teams cleaned up the mess left behind by Storm Ciara. In the South of England, high winds caused a lighting column to fall into a bus layby and to prevent any other potentially dangerous incidents, engineers removed nine other nearby columns.

The West Midlands dealt with two fallen trees and actively swept known flooding hotspots. The recently-launched Emergency Customer Response Unit was used for proactive patrols of the A49 and additional resources were supplied to the Regional Operations Centre.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 21 Feb 2020
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