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Cambridge Council commits more money to replace trees damaged by Storm Doris

Thousands of homes lost power across the region.

Cambridge City Council have made a last minute amendment to their 2017-18 budget to provide enough money to plant new trees replacing those blown down or damaged by Storm Doris.

They have committed £16,000 more than was originally planned bringing the total up to £25,000.

The budget which also included commitments to build new council homes was agreed at a meeting last night.

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Power restored to 8,000 Norfolk & Suffolk homes

UK Power Networks have been working through the night to restore electricity. Credit: UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks say that they've managed to restore electricity to around 8,000 homes in Norfolk and Suffolk this morning.

Extra engineers have been drafted in to help get the power flowing again following damage to lines caused by Storm Doris yesterday.

However, some people may have to wait until this afternoon until things return to normal.

Homes still without power:

  • Norfolk: 6,607
  • Suffolk: 3,538

18,000 homes across Norfolk & Suffolk still without power

Power lines were damaged by the storm. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 18,000 homes across Norfolk and Suffolk are still without power this morning (February 24) following the destruction caused by Storm Doris yesterday.

80mph winds turned over lorries and caused trees to come down, while emergency services had to deal with hundreds of incidents.

UK Power Networks say they've brought in extra staff to help restore electricity as soon as possible after damage was caused to power lines.

Numbers of homes without power:

  • Norfolk: 11,170
  • Suffolk: 7,042

Engineers continue to work hard to restore power supplies in parts of East Anglia after Storm Doris caused damage to power lines.

It was the worst storm across our networks this winter and the severe weather conditions damaged overhead power lines, particularly across parts of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Overnight and through into this morning engineers have been working to restore supplies, and we have moved additional staff from our South East region and contractors released from less affected areas into East Anglia, to support the repairs and reconnect all the remaining supplies as quickly as possible.

We are still urging people to keep clear of any damaged power lines and call us. Our priorities are restoring supplies as quickly as safely possible and keeping customers informed.

– UK Power Networks statement

It's thought that some homes may not be back to normal again until this afternoon.

Orwell Bridge re-opens after storm Doris subsides

The A14 Orwell Bridge in Suffolk has re-opened after it was closed for almost eleven hours because of the severe weather caused by storm Doris.

Highways England opened the bridge up at 8.40pm and said that safety is their 'top priority'. Decisions to close the bridge during high winds is always based on the safety of road users they said.

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