UPDATED: Firefighters busy with storm-related calls

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Fire crews received 215 emergency calls in five hours yesterday (Wednesday), as severe storms battered the region.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service worked throughout the night to support communities affected by the wind and rain.

Between 4.30am and 9.30am, a total of 215 emergency ‘999’ calls were received by Fire Control, of these 70 were directly related to the weather.

In total they mobilised resources to 50 incidents during this period, of those 18 were weather related.

Assistant Chief Officer Dave Walton said “The number of calls that we took during the peak of the storm was approximately three times what we would expect in comparison to a normal evening.

“Our crews, both in Fire Control and out on the stations coped admirably in very challenging circumstances.

“Fortunately there were no serious incidents with most of the weather related calls being to fallen trees and dangerous structures.”

Three council tree crews worked from 4pm to midnight last night to attend to fallen trees on the following roads:

Moorend Road junction, Dewsbury Moor,

Spring Lane, New Mill,

Dearne Park, Clayton West,

Whitcliffe Road, Cleckheaton,

Bourn View Road, Netherton,

Hayburn Gardens, Batley,

Providence Street, Earlsheaton,

Woodhead Road, Holme,

Sugar Lane, Dewsbury,

Drub Lane, Gomersal,

Ings Way East, Lepton,

Junction of Barnsley Road/Denby Lane, Lower Hopton,

Liley Lane/Hopton Hill Lane,

Bradford Road at Fixby roundabout.