Parks and cemeteries in Ipswich will remain closed at least for the rest of the day.
The Borough Council is dealing with numerous fallen trees and branches and fears remain that trees weakened by this morning’s storm could leave them in a dangerous condition. Parks staff are being kept busy clearing trees from public areas. A large tree was felled outside Crown Pools and although the reception was closed temporarily the pools remained open throughout. Other trees came down at Gainsborough Sports Centre but services were unaffected.
Services at the Crematorium are going ahead, with people attending them being guided by Council staff.
Bin collections were taking place throughout the town but were delayed in some areas by traffic congestion. The advice to residents is: if your bin isn’t emptied today please leave it out for collection tomorrow. Any rubbish that has been strewn from bins by the high winds can be reported to the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline 01473 433000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency Services Centre and Contact Centre staff at the Borough have been busy throughout the day dealing with an extra large number of calls, most of which were weather-related. And housing maintenance staff are initially only dealing with emergency repairs to council houses.
A Council spokesman said today: “The storm appears to have passed but many challenges remain. We operated a bin collection service today and all our buildings are open. Expert staff will be on hand in our parks and at our cemeteries over the next few days to check the health of any trees weakened in the storm. We will continue to monitor the situation but any decision to reopen them will be made in the light of public safety concerns. We will provide further updates at regular intervals.”