Storm Franklin

Strong winds from Storm Franklin – the third significant storm to hit the UK in less than a week – are making their presence felt in Wrexham.

It’s understood that the storm will be with us all morning, with gusts of 50-55mph in North Wales, before abating.

The rest of the week is forecast to be blustery with gusts every day, but less severe.

  • Up to now, the council has had reports of 16 trees falling across the county borough. Our Environment teams are in attendance.
  • We’re also aware that the winds have caused some damage to buildings (e.g. to property in Miners Road in Llay, and Abbot Street in Wrexham town centre).
  • There is some localised flooding, including some patches near Bangor-on-Dee with the A525/Straight Mile closed, and in Rosemary Lane in Rossett. The River Dee is being monitored.
  • We understand no heavy rain is forecast today, but some is forecast for tomorrow.
  • We anticipate that waste collections scheduled for today will be carried out, so if your bins and recycling containers are due to be emptied, please put them out as normal.

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Councillor David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, says:

“We’re monitoring the situation closely and our response teams are in place and helping to deal with issues in the county borough.

“We’re advising people to take care, and in particular want to remind people to avoid walking in parks and open spaces where there are large trees close by.”

Message to drivers

We’re also asking drivers not to ignore any road closure signs they see.

It’s important to follow diversions and not drive through road closures, as they’re there to keep people safe.

Reminder – how to report issues

While we’re hoping Wrexham avoids the worst of the weather, you can report any issues (e.g. storm damage, fallen trees etc) to the council on the following numbers:

  • Office hours (8.30am-5pm) 01978 298989
  • Out of hours 01978 292055
  • Housing repairs for council tenants (24hrs) 01978 298993

Any issues with power-outages can be reported by calling 105 (Powercut 105 is a free service that will put you through to your local network operator for help and support).

Remember that if there’s an immediate threat to life during any adverse weather event, you should always call 999.