A yellow warning has been issued as Storm Ciaran is due to hit parts of southern England and Wales from Wednesday evening (1 November).
The storm could bring winds of 60+mph and very heavy rain, causing trees to uproot and flooding in areas already saturated.
Stay safe in a storm
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is advising people to secure their property and garden furniture and avoid unnecessary travel.
If you do have to travel, please:
- Check for weather updates, traffic delays or road closures.
- Adjust your driving for the conditions
- Reduce your speed
- Increase your distance from the vehicle in front
- Do not drive through flood water
Fallen trees or branches
Fallen trees or branches should be reported in different ways depending on the circumstances.
- In an emergency, where there is risk to life, always call 999.
- Fallen tree on major road not endangering life: report online to Essex Highways or call 0345 603 7631
- Fallen tree on minor road not endangering life – report online to Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) or call 01992 564000
If the tree is on private land and not blocking a public right of way, it should be reported to the landowner.
Waste and recycling collections
Rubbish and recycling collections will continue as normal. However, all collections will be kept under review as the storm progresses. Residents are advised to put their bins out in a sheltered position where possible and bring them straight back when emptied.
Report a repair
Council tenants renting their homes from EFDC should contact Qualis Property Solutions for any emergency repairs.
Contact Qualis Property Solutions:
- Visit the Qualis Property Solutions website
- Email Repairs@qualispropertysolutions.co.uk
- Call 0333 230 0464
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