A staggering £28 million worth of Storm Arwen-related insurance claims have been received by NFU Mutual in the North East alone. Claims from the region in the wake of last November’s storm make up a third of the UK-wide total, the insurer has revealed. The storm brought chaos to the region, with ruthless weather conditions bringing down trees, damaging buildings, and disrupting travel.
Playtime at a Moray primary school has become a lot more fun. Cullen Primary School pupils are enjoying their new obstacle course made from trees destroyed in the winter storms. Supported by Seafield Estate, trees which fell during storms Arwen, Corrie and Malik has been transformed into a log walk and stepping stones.
Nearly six months after wild winds wreaked destruction across the north-east, Gordon Ledingham is still bearing the brunt of Storm Arwen. The 65-year-old has been locked in a battle over a £6,000 repair bill ever since a towering pine tree toppled into his “lovely and tidy” back garden on November 27.
A HEXHAM business has been recognised for its role in supporting members of the community during Storm Arwen. Gregor McArthur and his team at Forest and Garden, which specialises in garden machinery sales, service and repairs, procured and installed interim generators for vulnerable people across Tynedale after the storm hit last November, leaving thousands without power.
A WIRRAL park is set to get its public toilets back after they were destroyed in Storm Arwen. Vale Park in New Brighton had public toilets until the storm hit in November last year, damaging the building beyond repair. But since then a major local campaign has been launched to bring toilets back to the park once again.
Lancaster-born father Robert Powell died when he was hit by a falling tree during a storm in Ambleside, an inquest has heard. Coroner Margaret Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death at the inquest at Cockermouth last Tuesday. Mr Powell, 40, of Heysham, a mechanical fitter at Heysham Power Stations, died of severe injuries on the night of November 26 during Storm Arwen.
EGGSITEMENT is mounting for New Milton’s Easter celebration on Saturday – the town’s first major community event in over two years. Taking over the recreation ground from 11am to 4pm with a packed line-up of entertainment, over 50 stalls and fun activities, the Lions Club Easter Extravaganza follows a false-start in November 2021.
An adventure playground set high in the trees surrounding a Scottish castle has announced its closure given the devastation to woodland caused by Storm Arwen. Go Ape said it could not longer operate at Crathes Castle near Banchory given the extent of the damage to the site last November.
Damage following Storm Arwen has resulted in £80m of claims, according to one insurance company. The storm, in November, brought winds of almost 100mph and led to widespread damage, disruption and power cuts across the North East and Cumbria. NFU Mutual, which insures farms and rural homes, said 8,000 customers have made a claim, with repairs ongoing.
See on board magnificent cruise ship Cunard Queen Victoria as it sails into the Port of Tyne Cunard's Queen Victoria docked in North Shields on Sunday morning Dramatic rescue sees RNLI battle Storm Arwen and huge waves to save fishing vessel The rescue took 18 hours and involved a 140 mile round trip as Storm Arwen brought chaos to the coast
A north-east adventure course has closed its doors for good; just five months after it was destroyed by Storm Arwen. Go Ape Aberdeen was among dozens of businesses left in a state of ruin in November following the aftermath of the storm. Operators of the adventure course, based at Crathes Castle in Banchory, said they suffered “significant damage” as the storm left its mark on the east.
Claims made to a leading rural insurance company for damages caused by Storm Arwen have surpassed £80 million. Storm Arwen swept across the UK at the end of November last year, bringing with it widespread power cuts, flooding and destruction. Rural communities across Aberdeenshire were some of the worst hit, meaning some are still dealing with the aftermath of the storm.
Gentoo gives latest update on repair work to thousands of properties that were damaged by Storm Arwen and Storm Malik
Housing group Gentoo has given an update on the progress of repair work to properties that were damaged by Storm Arwen and Storm Malik. Following Storm Malik at the end of January, Gentoo received a record number of calls to report damage caused by the bad weather, adding to the work that was still outstanding from Storm Arwen at the end of November last year.
A council review into the aftermath of Storm Arwen is reaching its final stages. Thousands of homes were left without electricity and water services after the severe weather hit the county on November 26 last year. Earlier this year Northumberland County Council’s communities and place scrutiny committee launched a review to establish what lessons could be learned by all agencies involved, with its findings and recommendations expected to be published in the near future.
Open fires and wood burning stoves caused a number of accidental house fires in the Marr area following Storm Arwen as residents tried to heat their homes amid power shortages. Between October 1 and December 31 crew in the area attended a total of 104 incidents including four deliberate fires, six accidental house fires and 40 non-fire emergencies.
Scotland has endured some of the worst storms in years this winter, from Arwen to Dudley and Eunice. With the consequences of climate change intensifying, such severe and often unpredictable weather is set to become more common. Our national infrastructure is facing extremes of weather that could not have been predicted when it was designed.
It’s the start of a new story for the old Hills Bookshop as it officially opened its doors as Hills Arts Centre this week. It’s been a real labour of love for social entrepreneurs Mark Burns-Cassell and Vincent Todd who took over the empty building in late 2020 with the vision of transforming it into a new arts centre in the heart of Sunderland.
Tarves primary school students planted trees to commemorate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. They were planted at the local parish church as part of the Queen’s green canopy initiative on March 29. The new trees planted were to replace five others that were blown down during Storm Arwen.
Holiday let owners in a Northumberland coastal community are being asked for donations. Craster Parish Council is seeking support in its efforts to establish a warm shelter which can be used during power outages. It follows the events of Storm Arwen and Storm Malik last autumn which left many residents without power, heat and light.
Concerns have been raised about ‘DIY’ sheds and outbuildings becoming a safety hazard during severe storm events. Like much of the region, South Tyneside is still recovering from the impact of Storm Arwen and other extreme weather events which saw trees uprooted and buildings damaged. With the Covid-19 pandemic prompting people to enjoy their gardens and outdoor spaces, an increase in the construction of sheds and outbuildings could be creating potential dangers to the public, according to a councillor.