Emergency repairs to Lee-on-the-Solent buildings hit by storm

EVACUATED Storm damage to Promenade Court on the Lee-on-the-Solent seafront road Marine Parade East.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120012-5)
EVACUATED Storm damage to Promenade Court on the Lee-on-the-Solent seafront road Marine Parade East. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120012-5)

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EMERGENCY repairs are being carried out on buildings damaged by gale force winds.

Roads were closed in Lee-on-the-Solent and residents evacuated from their homes after Tuesday’s storm damaged shops and buildings in the town.

DAMAGE A runaway trampoline caused havoc in Eastney

DAMAGE A runaway trampoline caused havoc in Eastney

People living in Promenade Court in Marine Parade East were evacuated after the winds tore up the side of their building.

And nearby Pier Street was closed overnight after damage to one of the shops there.

Ken Lucking, Gosport Borough Council’s emergency planning officer, said: ‘Insurers have now given the go-ahead for work to be done to secure the building.

‘They will shore up the wall and that will enable them to take it down in a controlled manner.

‘We don’t anticipate any more road closures because they have been able to secure the building.’

Work to secure the collapsed wall was expected to finish by yesterday evening.

Those people who were living in the block of flats have had to find somewhere else to stay while repairs are carried out.

In Portsmouth, trees were blown over and roofs collapsed as 60mph winds ripped through the area.

Hannah Wiggins, 30, of Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, was getting ready to take her dog out for a walk when the storm hit.

When a trampoline belonging to one of her neighbours flew through the air and took out her garden fence she snapped a picture and sent it to The News.

She said: ‘We got to the front door when suddenly the wind and rain came out of nowhere.

‘Obviously we stayed indoors laughing at how bad the weather was and there were bins and things flying past the window.

‘Then we heard an almighty crash and looked out in the back garden to see all our fence panels had gone.

‘Then a neighbour came knocking at the door and said there was a trampoline in their back garden and they didn’t know where it had came from.

‘It had smashed through the fences outside four houses and then flown into the air and came to rest in someone else’s garden.’

Weather forecasters say the worst of the storms have gone but wind speeds will stay high for the rest of the week.

They are not expected to reach the same levels as on Tuesday.