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Last updated: 10/02/2020, 2:37 PM

Firefighters prevent disruption at Victoria as Storm Ciara hits the capital

10/02/2020 13:07

Firefighters' hard work in the early hours of this morning prevented major disruption at Victoria Station. Strong winds caused by Storm Ciara damaged the gantry above the platforms and left it in a precarious position. The result meant it could have fallen onto the platforms below or caused damage to the glass roof above.

Fire Rescue Unit crews worked at height using ropes to access the gantry and secured it, greatly reducing the risk of it collapsing. Their work enabled the platforms to be used during this morning’s rush hour and preventing disruption to the public. This incident was one of hundreds of call outs London firefighters faced due to Storm Ciara.


Firefighters work on the roof of Victoria Station due to Storm Ciara

160 incidents in 12 hours

The Brigade first started taking storm related 999 calls around 3am on Sunday morning and early indications showed that firefighters attended around 160 weather incidents in the following 12 hours. The vast majority of the call outs were to trees, roof tiles, windows and satellite dishes in precarious positions. Calls came from across the capital with Ilford, Croydon, Enfield and Sidcup being amongst the worst hit.

The Brigade’s 999 control was exceptionally busy taking around 800 emergency calls on Sunday - nearly double the number staff receive on average.

Significant Storm Ciara incidents included:

  • A roof that had blown off a block of flats on Bermondsey Street.
  • A collapsed crane in Stanmore.
  • A bungalow’s roof falling off onto an adjoining house in Wood Green.
  • A dolls house blown into a tree in Wembley.