Highways quick to clear road blocked by trees

Somerset County Council’s highways teams were kept busy this week when high winds and rain caused several trees to fall onto roads.

Tree surgeons were quickly on the scene at around noon on Thursday when two large trees blew over and blocked the A38 White Ball Hill at Sampford Arundel near Wellington. The first was thought to weigh around 7 tonnes.

While on the scene, the teams identified a further seven trees as unstable and posing a potential risk, so these were also taken down as a safety precaution.

Thanks to these efforts and of Taunton Deane Borough Council who then swept the highway of debris, the road was fully cleared and reopened by 3.30pm.

Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We closely monitor weather forecasts and have teams on standby when strong winds are expected.

“This meant we were able to quickly clear the road and get it reopened within a few hours. My thanks go to everyone involved.”