Weather blog - strong winds and heavy rain causing chaos across Bolton

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  • Strong winds and heavy rain are causing chaos across Bolton today.
  • Trains and roads have been disrupted.
  • Wind has caused damage to trees and buildings.
  • Some roads have flooded.

8:46pm

Thank you for following our blog today. The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for ice tonight and tomorrow morning so take care on the roads. Keep up to date with the latest travel news on The Bolton News website.

7:25pm

Fire bosses are urging people not to go out in bad weather unless their journey is necessary. Also think before you dial 999, the council, highways agency, local builders, or TV engineers may be more appropriate.

7:22pm

Traffic now easing on M66 after earlier overturned lorry. The 60-year-old driver was freed by firefighters. He was breathing and concsious but trapped inside. He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Full story on the Bury Times website here - http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/10859292.Traffic_chaos_as_lorry_overturns/

6:53pm

BOLTON was battered by strong winds, rain and hail that left a trail of destruction across the borough.
The torrential weather saw trees crashing into roads, flooding and damage to vehicles.
In Chorley New Road, a large tree was uprooted and blown across the busy road, leading to delays for road users who also had to navigate past an area of flooding in the same road.
In Gilnow Road, shopkeeper Vinod Rabadia watched as a tree was blown onto her car.
She said: “We heard a big bang outside — I ran out and immediately knew it was my vehicle under the tree, hopefully the insurance will cover the damage.”
A large conifer tree was split in half at an address Coniston Avenue, Farnworth where Maragaret Hall was visiting her sister Angela Daubney.
Margaret said: “The tree split and part of it ended up resting against the house next door — it’s a very big tree, it’s bigger than the house.”
Bolton Council were called out to deal with 15 incidents involving fallen trees, including visits to Blackrod, Bromley Cross and Tonge Moor.
Even Father Christmas was not immune to the tempestuous weather as wind removed the roof from his grotto in Victoria Square.
There was also drama in Radcliffe after the town’s Christmas tree was snapped by strong winds and the Green Street swimming pool and fitness suite was closed because of structural damage.

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Let us know if you've been affected by the weather today:

5:15pm

THERE is substantial disruption to this evening's train schedule for services coming through Bolton, find all the latest information by following this link.

4:37pm

In total, Bolton Council dealt with 15 separate incidents involving trees blocking roads today.

These incidents have occured at addresses across the borough including in Blackrod, Bromley Cross, Moss Bank Park and in Crompton Way.

4:30pm

Reports of traffic chaos around Ramsbottom, as the M66 northbound is closed between Junction 1 and the A56  because of an overturned lorry. It is expected to be re-opened at 5.45pm.

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3:56pm

Nick Bridges sent us these pics of his fence in Starling Drive, Farnworth. "Just come home from work and found this. Oh dear", he says. Quite.

The Bolton News:

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3:31pm

Here's more pics of the flooding in Chorley New Road.

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3:30pm

Here's santa. Don't worry kids, he's ok. Not sure about all his presents, though, because his grotto is in a bad way.


The Bolton News:

3:06pm

A community Christmas tree in Tottington has also been blown over. It is currently being put back up. 

3:06pm

Motorbikes blown over by the wind in Victoria Square. Some security people put them up again later.

The Bolton News:

2:50pm

Here's a video showing the fallen tree in Chorley New Road:

2:46pm

Radcliffe reporter Tui Benjamin is clearly devastated after the Radcliffe Christmas tree was snapped in half by strong winds....

Don't worry Tui, the tree will be replaced tomorrow.

The Bolton News:

 

2:30pm

Breaking: After the roof was blown off his grotto in Victoria Square, Father Christmas has found a new home.

He will be operating out of the Specsavers store in Victoria square from 3pm until 4.30pm, where children can visit him.

Perhaps he "should have gone" there in the first place....

2:13pm

There is also some flooding in Chorley New Road so motorists be careful.

The flooded area is just before Bolton School when travelling away from the town centre.

The Bolton News:

2:10pm

The tree that was blocking Chorley New Road has been moved by Bolton Council.

This is the remaining stump, the homeowners will now have to contact a contractor to remove it.

The Bolton News:

1:54pm

1:46pm

The owner of the car that has a fallen tree on it in Gilnow Road is Mrs Vinod Rabadia who runs the nearby newsagents - understandably she is not best pleased.

We are off to try and get a picture of the scene now.

1:42pm

Another picture of Radcliffe's fallen down Christmas tree. What a sorry sight! 

The Bolton News:

1:41pm

We have had reports of a tree that has blown over and landed on a car in Gilnow Road.

The fallen tree is blocking both lanes of traffic.

1:38pm

 

Sad scenes in Radcliffe after the Christmas tree was knocked over by the strong winds. The Bolton News:

1:38pm

1:37pm

The fence at the site of the Green Bengal on Darwen Road in Bromley Cross has blown down.

The Bolton News:

1:37pm

Radcliffe's Christmas tree was badly damaged and has been shredded. Updates soon. 

1:34pm

The Christmas tree in Radcliffe has been blown over!

1:32pm

M66 has been blocked northbound from junction one, Ramsbottom to Ramsbottom Junction, because of an overturned lorry. 

1:30pm

1:19pm

Fortunately Santa was willing.

1:19pm

One of Santa's representatives told our reporter to contact the Bolton Council press office instead of speaking to Santa directly. This is the world we live in today.

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1:05pm

This is somewhere in deepest, darkest Lancashire:
 

1:03pm

Here's the fallen tree in Chorley New Road

The Bolton News:

12:58pm

12:50pm

More Santa's grotto pics:

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12:49pm

Here's the besieged Santa's grotto in Victoria Square. No-one was hurt, but Santa has been evicted.

The Bolton News:

12:49pm

Reports of bird spikes blowing off buildings near The Rock in Bury. 

12:48pm

This is today's weather forecast:

The Bolton News:

12:45pm

A tree is blocking Ainsworth Road near the Black Bull Hotel in Bury.

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12:42pm

Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre in Green Street has been closed due to structural damage caused by today's severe weather conditions. 

12:40pm

Father Christmas. What a joker.

12:40pm

Father Christmas was calm after the harrowing incident, stating that he had experienced “much worse weather in the North Pole.”

He added: “I was inside the grotto at the time and I initially thought that the reindeers landing on the roof.

”But I’m fine, I’m used to high winds — although I was blown off course this morning and ended up in Farnworth."

12:40pm

Reports of heavy traffic on the M60 after a lorry overturned on Barton Bridge

12:35pm

We've got an exclusive interview with Santa after this despicable act by mother nature.

12:32pm

The roof has blown off Santa's Grotto in Victoria Squre.

12:32pm

A tree has blown over on Chorley New Road. Pics coming soon.

12:31pm

The latest live traffic and travel news is available here.

The latest live weather information is available here.

 

12:31pm

The latest train to be cancelled is the 12:07pm service to Blackpool North.

12:29pm

Good afternoon - we'll be updating you on the weather chaos today. It's carnage out there.

Comments (13)

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12:37pm Thu 5 Dec 13

frank bough says...

Another sign Bolton has gone to the dogs. I blame Cliff Morris
Another sign Bolton has gone to the dogs. I blame Cliff Morris frank bough

1:17pm Thu 5 Dec 13

underwater says...

Re, The roof blowing off Santas grotto, couldnt possibly have anything to do with all the huffing and puffing by Morris and his Merry Men could it.
Re, The roof blowing off Santas grotto, couldnt possibly have anything to do with all the huffing and puffing by Morris and his Merry Men could it. underwater

1:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Regulatory Man says...

Oh look, Chaos!

Wouldn't be because of that planned and pre-warned Gale would it? Yeah thought as much. Try living in a country where they lose entire towns when they have a storm.

Morte Chaos to come as Bolton grinds to a halt because of a snowflake :-)
Oh look, Chaos! Wouldn't be because of that planned and pre-warned Gale would it? Yeah thought as much. Try living in a country where they lose entire towns when they have a storm. Morte Chaos to come as Bolton grinds to a halt because of a snowflake :-) Regulatory Man

1:41pm Thu 5 Dec 13

boydell says...

hope the council are keeping an eye on the Greenwood pub on Chorley New Road in Horwich.
What with the high winds at the moment it could be very dangerous indeed, if whats left of the slates on the roof start flying all over the surrounding area, ( and so near the local school as well)
Bolton Council take heed , you have been warned !!!
hope the council are keeping an eye on the Greenwood pub on Chorley New Road in Horwich. What with the high winds at the moment it could be very dangerous indeed, if whats left of the slates on the roof start flying all over the surrounding area, ( and so near the local school as well) Bolton Council take heed , you have been warned !!! boydell

2:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

filthy6 says...

boydell wrote:
hope the council are keeping an eye on the Greenwood pub on Chorley New Road in Horwich. What with the high winds at the moment it could be very dangerous indeed, if whats left of the slates on the roof start flying all over the surrounding area, ( and so near the local school as well) Bolton Council take heed , you have been warned !!!
Why you warning the Council (& I'm sure that sticking a note on here doesn't actual constitute an offical warning to them)?
Think that as its a privately owned building, with work being done by private contractors you'd be better off telling them...
[quote][p][bold]boydell[/bold] wrote: hope the council are keeping an eye on the Greenwood pub on Chorley New Road in Horwich. What with the high winds at the moment it could be very dangerous indeed, if whats left of the slates on the roof start flying all over the surrounding area, ( and so near the local school as well) Bolton Council take heed , you have been warned !!![/p][/quote]Why you warning the Council (& I'm sure that sticking a note on here doesn't actual constitute an offical warning to them)? Think that as its a privately owned building, with work being done by private contractors you'd be better off telling them... filthy6

2:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

ncc_22 says...

i feel sorry for anybody waiting for a bus at the flooded bus stop on chorley new road lol
i feel sorry for anybody waiting for a bus at the flooded bus stop on chorley new road lol ncc_22

4:17pm Thu 5 Dec 13

boydell says...

ncc_22 wrote:
i feel sorry for anybody waiting for a bus at the flooded bus stop on chorley new road lol
no work has been carried out at this site for over a year. If slates are blown off this building and end up on the road it IS the council who are responsible, just as they are responsible for keeping the roads clear from snow !!!!
[quote][p][bold]ncc_22[/bold] wrote: i feel sorry for anybody waiting for a bus at the flooded bus stop on chorley new road lol[/p][/quote]no work has been carried out at this site for over a year. If slates are blown off this building and end up on the road it IS the council who are responsible, just as they are responsible for keeping the roads clear from snow !!!! boydell

5:59pm Thu 5 Dec 13

heaton watcher says...

Disabled thumbs? That Cliff Morris is now censoring the highly intellectual and thoughtful Bolton News comments section!
Disabled thumbs? That Cliff Morris is now censoring the highly intellectual and thoughtful Bolton News comments section! heaton watcher

6:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Rememberscarborough says...

Amazing how people seem to think it's the end of the world when there's a bit of wind and rain. My sister-in-law lost the roof of her house in Hurricane Katrina and she was lucky because most people had their entire houses destroyed.

Look at what the people in The Philippines have just been through and let's have a little bit of a reality check please....
Amazing how people seem to think it's the end of the world when there's a bit of wind and rain. My sister-in-law lost the roof of her house in Hurricane Katrina and she was lucky because most people had their entire houses destroyed. Look at what the people in The Philippines have just been through and let's have a little bit of a reality check please.... Rememberscarborough

8:22pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

What is with the tree stump half a job? Public footpath? Never mind the roads what about the pedestrians that have been walking into the road all day? It is not the owners fault that the tree was blown over. I wonder if there was a preservation order??? This is the trouble those preservation orders cause if this is the case... past experience. I had to remove part of a tree from my neighbour's house several years ago because of a preservation order and a swift decline of the tree being cut down. Two weeks after a request was turned down there was a storm.
What is with the tree stump half a job? Public footpath? Never mind the roads what about the pedestrians that have been walking into the road all day? It is not the owners fault that the tree was blown over. I wonder if there was a preservation order??? This is the trouble those preservation orders cause if this is the case... past experience. I had to remove part of a tree from my neighbour's house several years ago because of a preservation order and a swift decline of the tree being cut down. Two weeks after a request was turned down there was a storm. Beyond News Forum

10:33pm Thu 5 Dec 13

boydell says...

Dear Mr Tucker
Whats with all these caricitures (#~'@;[],,,,_-
Dear Mr Tucker Whats with all these caricitures (#~'@;[],,,,_- boydell

7:52am Fri 6 Dec 13

Malcolm Tucker says...

boydell wrote:
Dear Mr Tucker
Whats with all these caricitures (#~'@;[],,,,_-
Caricatures or Characters ?

:-/
[quote][p][bold]boydell[/bold] wrote: Dear Mr Tucker Whats with all these caricitures (#~'@;[],,,,_-[/p][/quote]Caricatures or Characters ? :-/ Malcolm Tucker

12:53pm Fri 6 Dec 13

boydell says...

Whatever Mr Tucker.
Did Santa bring you a computer for christmas and you are trying out all the keys? >
Whatever Mr Tucker. Did Santa bring you a computer for christmas and you are trying out all the keys? > boydell

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