Holidaymakers urged to abandon caravans

West Sands Holiday Park in Selsey
West Sands Holiday Park in Selsey

HOLIDAYMAKERS and residents in caravans are being urged to find other forms of shelter ahead of tomorrow’s storm (October 28).

West Sussex County Council has issued a strong warning to people staying in caravans across the county.

It has also urged the public to take precautions to minimise the impact of the storm, wherever possible.

“The storm has the potential to cause widespread disruption through falling trees, structural damage, transport interruptions, power cuts and flooding,” said a council spokeswoman.

“The county council is particularly concerned about holidaymakers at caravan sites or people living in mobile homes. These people are being encouraged to consider taking shelter elsewhere.

“Residents should act now to secure anything outside their property which could blow around in the strong winds and potentially cause a hazard, such as ladders, plant pots or garden furniture. “

Other advice includes making sure bins are secure and brought inside the house were possible, and commuters are warned not to travel unless it is absolutely essential.

“Anyone with motorbikes, bicycles or high-sided vehicles, such as lorries or caravans, are particularly vulnerable and should avoid travelling altogether,” said the council spokeswoman.

“During the peak of the storm on Monday morning pedestrians are being advised to stay away from wooded areas where there is a danger of falling trees.”

The council also warns of heavy rainfall, which is expected to cause surface water flooding, and residents who live in known flood risk areas are advised to take steps to ensure they protect their property.

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