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Islanders warned to be careful when outside over the weekend

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Friday 03 November 2023

The forecasted continuation of wet weather and high winds this weekend means that there is still a risk of further tree fall, landslips and flying debris across the island, so islanders are advised to be vigilant when out and about.

The forecasted continuation of wet weather and high winds this weekend means that there is still a risk of further tree fall, landslips and flying debris across the island, so islanders are advised to be vigilant when out and about.

In particular, many trees were damaged by Storm Ciarán even if they didn't fall. People should be cautious around trees as a result.

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services is asking people to avoid Le Guet over the weekend, where there are currently 14 trees down, including one blocking the entrance to the car park, and many hanging branches. These will be addressed as soon as possible, whilst bearing in mind the significant workload of tree surgeons at the moment and the importance of clearing priority areas first.

Islanders are also asked to take extreme care if walking the cliff paths over the weekend, as there may be landslips, fallen trees or loose steps. Any concerns over the weekend regarding footpaths and beaches should be reported to aclms@gov.gg. Any urgent, significant risks should be referred to the Joint Emergency Services Control Centre on 222222.

States of Guernsey teams have already begun site inspections for parks and areas of land under its management and will be carrying out further inspections over the next week. This will include checking for leaning trees, debris and structural issues.

Islanders are asked to show caution and use good common sense when accessing publicly managed land including, but not limited to, Saumarez Park, Delancey Park and Bluebell Wood.

An initial assessment at Saumarez Park has already taken place and further inspection will take place shortly. There are a number of areas with overhanging branches which may need to be cordoned off until these can be removed and the area deemed safe.

Andy McCutcheon, Principal Environment Services Officer, said:

"With the storm having passed, it would be easy to think that everything will just return back to normal straight away. However, there are still significant risks from the storm and upcoming high winds as people head outdoors this weekend. Wherever possible, for everyone's safety, we would strongly encourage people not to go to Le Guet this weekend or to use the cliff paths."

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