Hurricane Katia remnants cause damage in area

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WINDS have battered Wetherby and surrounding areas this week causing damage to trees and property - and one more unusual problem.

Police were called out on Monday after two fallen trees on Harewood Avenue and Shadwell Court fell and caused damage.

They were called to the address on Harewood Avenue after a tree was reported hanging down onto overhead wires.

They were able to remove the tree from the wires and a spokesman said no injuries or substantial damage was caused.

In Shadwell Court police officers confirmed a large tree had been overblown and it had been dealt with by Wetherby Town Council.

A tree also fell onto the garage of a house on Butterwick Gardens in Wetherby on Monday, and had to be removed by tree surgeons.

At the monthly meeting of Wetherby Town council, details of a more unusual situation emerged.

A Wetherby resident has complained to the council that pears blown off a tree in the Scaur Bank area hit her during high winds.

Damage to trees in the area could cost £1,500 pounds to repair, the Wetherby Town Council said.

Town clerk Barbara Ball told the meeting on Tuesday: “The trees are heavy in leaf still at this time of year which has caused some more substantial damage to trees than perhaps we would have seen at other times of the year.”

Around Britain this week high winds have continued as the tail end of Hurricane Katia, which has stormed across America, hit our shores. Gusts of wind up to 85mph have been reported across Britain.

Weather over the weekend is looking calmer in the Wetherby area weather forecasters have said. The clean up bill for damage around the UK for Hurricaine Katia is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds.