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A14 Orwell Bridge to stay open today as region deals with aftermath of Storm Doris

PUBLISHED: 07:02 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 24 February 2017

The Orwell Bridge in stormy weather. Picture: Wendy Turner

The Orwell Bridge in stormy weather. Picture: Wendy Turner

The A14 Orwell Bridge will remain open today as Storm Doris looks to have passed - but it was a busy night for the emergency services as they dealt with the aftermath.

Yesterday between 7am and midnight Suffolk police received more than 800 emergency calls, up from its daily average of around 230.

A spokesman said: “You are talking about an additional 600 999 calls there.

“It is hard to break down the figures but the majority of extra calls are going to be weather related.

“We had a very busy day yesterday.”

High winds caused chaos on the region’s roads yesterday with trees, telephone and electrical poles and debris blocking routes throughout Suffolk and Essex.

The Orwell Bridge was closed to traffic for most of the day causing severe congestion through Ipswich.

This morning a spokesman for Highways England said the bridge would stay open today.

“As I understand wind speeds have dropped and are below the 50mph mark we usually use as a cut off,” he said.

“The bridge will remain open today.

“It looks like Storm Doris has passed.”

Essex Fire and Rescue service say they dealt with more than 120 weather related incidents by 10pm last night.

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