What Storm Katie did next: more pictures of Croydon damage

As the clear-up continues following Storm Katie in the early hours of Monday morning, Inside Croydon‘s loyal reader has been sending in pictures of the damage caused by the winds, which gusted to more than 100mph at times.

This was nothing to match the “Great Storm of ’87”, but just as nearly 30 years ago, the area’s trees appear to have suffered most of the damage.

Tall, mature roadside trees were  uprooted – as we showed in our picture story on Monday – while others had entire branches ripped out, as in this case on Shrublands Avenue in Shirley, pictured right.

There have been no reports of any serious injuries to residents, although an animal rescue group in South Norwood did put out an appeal for a lost ferret, which had escaped after the storm-force winds blew off the roof of its hutch.

Ferret and owners were soon re-united.

Croydon’s police and other emergency services were kept busy through the night and throughout the bank holiday, though, dealing with the immediate aftermath of Storm Katie.

A fallen tree from the central reservation on Roman Way in the dead of night could have caused a serious accident, had the local police not been on hand quickly to close off the carriageway and oversee the removal of the debris.

Berne Road collapsed structure closed roadBerne Road, Thornton Heath, was closed for much of Monday while specialist contractors were called in to carefully remove collapsed scaffolding around a house under repair.

Some Easter holiday events had to be cancelled, such as an egg hunt planned for Morden Hall Park, just along the tram line towards Wimbledon, where there was considerable clear-up work to be undertaken with several trees felled or badly damaged.

And one suburban Selsdon street will be missing the spring blossom and leaves of one of its trees, which was cruelly uprooted by the storm, as pictured below.

Fallen tree Selsdon, Rylands Road

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2 Responses to What Storm Katie did next: more pictures of Croydon damage

  1. titflasher says:

    Hello! Just to point out, it wasn’t our ferret but a ferret from a rescue in Coulsdon. Thankfully found safe and home now 🙂

  2. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog.

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