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States of Guernsey updates advice as storm clear-up continues

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Thursday 02 November 2023

Government activity has moved into the clear-up phase of managing the impact of Storm Ciarán, with the goal being to return to normality as soon as possible.

The major incident phase has been drawn to a close so islanders are no longer being asked to remain at home. However, the roads remain challenging so drivers are urged to take extra precautions when travelling and drive carefully.

A significant number of roads continue to be blocked by fallen trees and work continues to remove these on all major thoroughfares. It is for this reason that an update on tomorrow's bus schedules, including school buses, cannot be provided until this evening.

For the latest information, please visit www.gov.gg/stormciaran. The webpage continues to be kept up to date.

Ruari Hardy, Head of Bailiwick Law Enforcement and Chair of the Strategic Coordinating Group for the Storm Ciaran response, said:

'We are happy with the progress being made to clear up the island's roads and secure infrastructure after the damage caused by Storm Ciaran. This has made us confident in declaring that this is no longer a major incident and we're into the phase of trying to return the island to normality as soon as possible. Road conditions remain challenging so I would urge people to drive cautiously.'

Deputy Rob Prow, President of the Committee for Home Affairs, said:

'I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all those in the emergency services for their efforts. From the coordination of the Joint Emergency Services Control, to the front line staff of police, fire and ambulance, alongside volunteers from the Guernsey Civil Protection and other services that supported, the response has been fantastic.'

Deputy Lindsay De Sausmarez, President of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure, said:

'The team at Traffic and Highways has been flat out with supporting efforts to remove fallen trees that are blocking roads. They have understandably had to focus on main roads and major routes to try and get us into the best possible position for tomorrow. I want to publicly thank them for their excellent work on this.'

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