Swirling winds cause damage to houses and bring trees crashing down in Wilburton

14:26 07 January 2014

Damage to a house in Wilburton caused by high winds

Damage to a house in Wilburton caused by high winds


Swirling winds caused mayhem in Wilburton this morning, with trees brought down, torrential rain and damage to houses.

Reports of a ‘tornado-like’ event reached police shortly after 8am and officers arrived in Station Road shortly after to find five trees had been brought down in high winds, with one blocking a main road.

There were also reports of a whole garden fence and shed being torn up in the wind and smashed into a house.

Highways officials closed Station Road to traffic while recovery crews worked to clear the scene.

Chris Jay, a courier who was in the area at the time, said: “The wind took the whole fence down and trees also came down in the road. I didn’t see how the house was damaged but I was told that it got caught up in a mini tornado. It must have been to have damaged the roof.”

A water main also burst in the area, leaving hundreds of homes in Wilburton and nearby Stretham without water. Anglian Water said it expected normal service to have been restored by 6pm.


More news stories

Yesterday, 18:36

A cyclist is in a serious condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital after he was in a collision with a van on the A142 between Sutton and Mepal.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Whether it’s been faulty sat navs, misjudgement or driver error but exasperated traffic cops finally blew off steam tonight after another vehicle hit the bridge at Ely rail station.

Yesterday, 14:00

Budding personal trainers from Cambridge Regonal College have received a big sponsorship boost from a Littleport company.

Yesterday, 14:00

Skylark Garden Centre is preparing for its biggest fireworks spectacular to date.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up