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Warning of strong winds

Published: Tue, 31 Mar 2015
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The MET Office continues to warn of strong winds across Northern Ireland on Tuesday 31st March.
Northwesterly gales will continue for much of Northern Ireland during Tuesday. Gusts of 50-60 mph will occur in places, particularly in association with squally showers, and with isolated gusts to around 70 mph in exposed locations in southwest Scotland and along some coastal stretches of Northern Ireland.
The public should be aware of the risk of localised damage from these winds and for minor disruption to travel.
If you are a Housing Executive tenant and your home has been affected by severe weather conditions call us on 03448 920 901.

What to do if your home suffers storm damage

If tiles a
re blown off your roof but there's no water penetration
Working on roofs in stormy weather is dangerous and it may be 24hrs or more before a roofer can get up onto the roof.
There should be roofing felt under the tiles and this should prevent water coming into the house.
If water starts to penetrate through the roof, use a bucket or container to catch any water coming into rooms and lay a plastic sheet over any possessions that are close to the leak. Call us on 03448 920 901 to update the information.
Is there any immediate danger to life/property from loose slates hanging off roof? – if so let us know immediately.
If tiles blown off your roof & water gets into the electrics
If there is any doubt about water in electrics, turn off your electricity at the meter box
If a tree falls on to Housing Executive land or from our land onto private land but there are no Health & Safety issues or damage to property
We will arrange for a grounds maintenance contractor to be out the next day/few days to address the problem.
If a tree falls on to our land or from our land onto private land and serious damage has been caused, or is likely
If damage has been caused to the property, we will arrange for a contractor to carry out emergency repairs to make the property secure, wind and weather proof.
If the property is not habitable we will provide out-of-hours homeless advice telephone number or district office contact details.
We will arrange for a grounds maintenance contractor to attend urgently to take remedial action to remove tree / address the problem.

Other useful numbers:

Floodline - call 0300 2000 100
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service: 028 9266 4221
We have more contact details for other organisations in our Coping in a Crisis section.
There's also good information on the NIDirect site.