Extra Staff Drafted in to Restore Power Lines; STORM DAMAGE: Roads Re-Open and Risk of Flooding Now Dwindling as Wind-Speeds Drop
ENGINEERS were last night continuing to restore power to thousands of homes still without electricity after the battering by storm-force winds which swept across Britain.
Extra staff have been drafted north of the border from England to repair power lines damaged by Monday's violent gales.
The Environment Agency said the chance of flooding in England and Wales had receded since the weekend, despite the storms.
Some 10 flood warnings are still in force, eight of them in the Midlands area where stretches of the River Severn were among those at risk.
On Sunday nearly 50 flood warnings were in force across England and Wales.
A spokesman said high tides were due in coastal areas, but problems were unlikely as wind speeds had dropped.
Eight people died after fierce weather in Scotland and northern England closed bridges, caused numerous road accidents and brought the rail network to a virtual standstill.
A schoolgirl who was hit by a falling tree was being treated for injuries in hospital.
Angela Henshaw, 12, suffered head injuries in the accident as she was walking down a street near her school at about 2pm yesterday.
The first-year pupil at Douglas Academy in Milngavie, near Glasgow, had been with two friends at the time who escaped injury when the tree came crashing to the ground. …