Published: December 4, 2006
Big clean-up gets started after damaging gales hit Burnham-On-Sea

A big clean-up operation was underway in Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (December 4th) after a weekend of gales left a trail of damage.

Council workers were called to Gardenhurst, near Grove Road, to remove a large branch which had been precariously hanging above the road since being dislodged during Sunday's 80mph winds, as pictured here.

The area was cordened off on Monday as workers used a cherry picker to reach the high branches of the tree and make it safe again.

Local resident Roy Wallis told "The large branch had become detached during the gales but luckily wedged itself in the upper forks of the tree. Had it dropped, it would have caused damage to anything underneath it. There certainly would have been severe damage to any car below."

Elsewhere in Burnham, Tim Potts, the owner of High Street shop Sentiments was also beginning a clean-up operation after the sign on the front of his shop was blown off during the storms.

"I hadn't heard anything about it until I saw it on," he said after revealing that district council officials had encountered problems in contacting him.

"It was quite a shock to see. Sunday's gales were from a southerly direction, blowing right along the High Street, and they clearly struck us hard."

"I'm just relieved that it happened during the night. Someone could have been walking underneath if it had happened during the daytime."


80mph winds cause expensive damage in Burnham-On-Sea


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