Fallen trees cause chaos in Gwent, but it could’ve been worse

10:18am Monday 17th February 2014

HIGH winds battered Gwent across the weekend, with multiple fallen trees causing disruption across the area.

A large conifer came down on to the back of three houses on Dean Street in Maindee, Newport, in the early hours of Saturday.

Les and Sharon Collette live in the middle house. Mr Collette, 62, said: “My wife and I were in bed when we heard an almighty bang. The tree is leaning on our roof, we can’t get to the back door. It’s knocked my neighbours’ guttering off, but we won’t really see the damage to our house until it’s gone.”

The tree is currently resting between their property and that of their next door neighbours, the Hill family.

Jonathan, 34, and Joanna Hill, 29, have children Mason, 10 and Joshua, six.

Mrs Hill said: “It’s damaged the extension, there’s a hole in the roof. It is resting on the top of the house.

“We were watching a film when it happened. The children slept through it.”

A 60ft conifer fell into another city garden during the early hours of Friday.

Carla French, 24, was in bed at her home in Aubrey Hames Close when the tree fell, damaging her fence and garden and her neighbour’s.

“My garden is absolutely ruined,” she said. “But it could’ve been a lot worse as I think we’re lucky it didn’t fall on to the house.”

There were fallen trees across Gwent including one blocking Belmont Hill in Caerleon and one near Church Lane in Brynmawr. South Wales Fire and Rescue attended the A467 northbound Bassaleg where a car had collided with a tree.

The Argus reported on Saturday there had been flooding in the Monmouth area, but the Environmental Agency has relaxed the orange alert for the rivers Wye and Monnow. The Met Office predicts light rain today and wind speeds of up to 16mph.

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