Trees fall onto properties in Norwich and Attleborough

Occupants were evacuated from Woodside Court, Attleborough, after a tree fell on the house Occupants were evacuated from Woodside Court, Attleborough, after a tree fell on the house

Thursday, December 19, 2013
8:17 AM

Firefighters were called out to deal with two trees that had fallen onto properties in Norfolk overnight.

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The tree that fell on two properties in College Road, Norwich, late Wednesday night (December 18). Picture: Lesley Whitney.The tree that fell on two properties in College Road, Norwich, late Wednesday night (December 18). Picture: Lesley Whitney.

Just before midnight one fire crew from Earlham was called to College Road, Norwich, where a tree had fallen onto two homes.

Lesley Whitney, who lives in one of the properties, said: “I just heard a crack and a thud.

“The tree came right across the garden and blocked my door and the neighbour’s door.”

She added: “When I opened the door last night all I could see were branches.”
Ms Whitney contacted the emergency services and she said the fire crew cleared some of the branches so that both properties were able to use their front doors, and she said Norwich City Council organised for the rest of the tree to be taken away this morning.

“The tree doesn’t seem to have done any damage,” said Ms Whitney.

“I’d like to say thank you to the fire brigade, police and Norwich City Council. They were excellent in how they dealt with the tree.”

A Norwich City Council spokesman said the council’s contractor Norwich Norse visited College Road to assess the situation and make sure the area was safe soon after the tree fell down, and that one of the council’s tree officers went to the scene at about 8.30am this morning.

The tree was removed from College Road by 10am this morning.

Just after 8.30pm last night one fire crew from Attleborough was called to Woodside Court in Attleborough where a tree had fallen onto a property.

The firefighters were at the scene for about one hour and a half and the Urban Search and Rescue Team gave advice.

The occupants were evacuated.

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