More than 800 calls were made to County Hall’s highways team when Storm Doris struck Hertfordshire last week.
Trees were uprooted, lorries were toppled and the A10 viaduct between Hertford and Ware was closed due to the weather on Thursday (Feb 23).
On the day Hertfordshire County Council received 800 calls, with 170 reports of fallen trees between 2pm and 4pm, and contractors Ringway dealt with more than 330 emergency call outs.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This is was an extreme and rare weather event and our highways teams have worked around the clock to keep roads moving and people safe.
“I appreciate many residents’ journeys would have been impacted yesterday evening and their understanding and patience while we worked to keep road users out of harm’s way is greatly appreciated.”
Kevin Carrol, Ringway Divisional Manager, said: “I’d like to thank our colleagues working on the network and in the transport control centre who have gone over and above today, working extra hours to make sure Hertfordshire remains safe.”
The priority was to clear blocked roads and to make them safe, which means many sites may still have trees that have been cut up and left safety at the side of the road and on verges.
Crews will follow this up over the coming days with vehicles being sent out to collect debris.
The severe gusts of winds were caused by a phenomenon known as a ‘weather bomb’ – a very intense area of low pressure which ‘explodes’ when it travels underneath a powerful jet stream.