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Storm warning – advice and changes to waste collections

18 February 2022

The Met Office has issued a red warning for strong winds today. Storm Eunice may cause significant disruption across London.

Live updates:

  • We are aware that some recycling collections did take place this morning. As many boxes were put out for collection, our contractor decided to complete as many collections as they could this morning, to avoid debris and serious litter when the winds pick up.
  • Crews will be out tomorrow morning (Saturday) as expected – if your normal collection day is today (Friday) and you did not present your recycling, please do so tomorrow.
  • Strong winds are anticipated to continue, we still ask that residents keep hold of their recycling, if they can, until next week’s collection.
  • All COVID-19 mobile testing and vaccinate sites across London will be closed today. If you have a booking you will receive a message with details for rebooking.
  • Townmead Road is closed today. If you had a booking you will have received an email with further information.
  • Report fallen trees immediately by calling 020 8891 1411 or by reporting a problem with a tree

You should expect travel disruptions to roads, bridges, and railway lines, as well as possible delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services, and flights. Flying debris can also cause a danger to life, please take care and follow the below advice.

Stay safe:

  • Secure loose objects such as bins, garden furniture, and anything else that could be moved by wind
  • Close and fasten doors and windows
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls, and fences
  • Adjust your plans to avoid travel if possible
  • Many local attractions and parks have closed – please check with them for details
  • Stay indoors as much as possible
  • Avoid walking close to buildings and trees. Do not walk along tow paths and in woodland areas
  • If damage is caused, do not go outside to repair it whilst the storm is in progress
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary

After the storm: 

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging 
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened 
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs
  • Please contact 24 hour Emergency Control on 020 8891 7999 if you need to report fallen trees / any debris outside of office hours

For more information go to the Met Office UK weather warnings.

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Up to: February 2022

Updated: 1 March 2022

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