Storm Eunice

The Met Office have issued an Amber Weather Warning for high winds with effect from 5am to 9pm Friday 18th February 2022 which has the potential to cause significant disruption with gusts up to  60-70mph or even up to 80mph on rare occasions. 

Please visit the Met Office website for the latest updates on Storm Eunice and for useful advice to "Stay Safe in a Storm". 

Further information can also be found on the Suffolk County Council website https//:www.suffolk.gov.uk

CEPG Support Requested

As an important partner to the Suffolk Response to emergencies could we please ask you if you become aware of any local situations arising due to the effects of Storm Eunice ie. blocked roads, fallen trees etc  you notify Suffolk County Council Highways  on 0345 6066171.  If the incident isn't urgent then the information can be passed to Suffolk County Council.

 

With weather forecasts predicting extreme high winds( https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2022/red-weather-warning-issued-for-storm-eunice), we thought you may appreciate a reminder of the process to report fallen trees/debris on Babergh and Mid-Suffolk District Council land- so you can best prepare and be ready for any resident enquiries as needed.


Many thanks for your support in advance, and we hope this helps.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk public realm team 

If you could direct the enquiries to our Public Realm inbox (BMSDC Public Realm Mailbox public.realm@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk) rather than directly to John Buckingham. This way all enquiries will be recorded on the M3 enquiry system and this will avoid John and his Teams within BMSDC being inundated with calls/emails.

(John – if you could forward any enquiries that get through – so they are recorded and if attended)

Confirmation of our land ownership can be undertaken between the team and this will provide an overview of where ‘we’ need to attend and ensure continuity that instructions originate from either our own Admin Tech Support Team or myself and Public Realm Officers.

This will centralise all incoming enquiries, save duplication and limit uncertainty as to who’s attending what.

Kindest Regards - Andy                 Andy Graham                  Arboricultural Officer                 Public Realm

Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils - Working Together                          t:  01473 296341

e: andrew.graham@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk                                www.babergh.gov.uk www.midsuffolk.gov.uk

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing regarding our preparations for Storms Dudley and Eunice, which will arrive consecutively in the UK from tomorrow (Wednesday 16th February).

As you may be aware, UK Power Networks manages the local power lines and substations which distribute electricity to over 8.3m homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

Storm Dudley will arrive tomorrow and is forecast to have a minimal impact on our network. However, Storm Eunice is expected to arrive on Friday 18th and is expected to bring stronger winds and unsettled weather.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but strong winds and heavy rain can bring down branches and trees, damaging overhead power lines. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground, particularly for Storm Eunice, to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.

Both you and your residents will be able to find regular updates and information about individual power cuts on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk . We will also be posting general updates on @UKPowerNetworks .

Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map, with details of individual power cuts
  • Call 105 free of charge to speak to our customer service team, report a power cut or damage to the electricity network
  • Tweet @UKPowerNetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority .

If you would like to share information with your constituents about preparing for the storm or registering for the Priority Service Register, you might like to share the following on Twitter or to your local Facebook pages:

As a result of #StormEunice, heavy rain and high winds are due to arrive on Fri 18th Feb. @UKPowerNetworks has extra field engineers and call centre staff on hand to support any customers affected. Call 105 to report a powercut or visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut #ukpnnews

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to customers in vulnerable circumstances during a power cut. Visit ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority for more information. #StormEunice #ukpnnews

If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Michael

Michael Horwood

Public Affairs Manager

UK Power Networks,   Newington House,   237 Southwark Bridge Road,   London   SE1 6NP

Email: michael.horwood@ukpowernetworks.co.uk