Storm clean-up begins

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A huge clean-up operation is underway in St Helens this morning after last night’s storms.

Council workers, many of whom were working throughout the night, are out across the borough clearing debris and ensuring the town’s transport network is running smoothly.

Three schools suffered minor damage in the gale-force winds but all of the borough’s schools are open as usual.

Ridge tiles on the roof of Haydock High were blown off, while a hole was blasted by wind into the cladding of St John Vianney in Sutton Health and a leak is reported at Mill Green school in Eccleston.

A number of roads, including Peasley Cross Road near Langtree Park, was closed.

Earlier in the evening, several chimneys were blown over in Vincent Street in the town centre, and council tree surgeons were called to a number of areas across the borough to deal with fallen trees.

Trees were blown over at Garswood Recreation Ground, Parkside Road in Newton and Burrows Lane, where diversions are in place.

And power and telephone lines are down in homes across Rainhill and Nutgrove although they were quickly restored.