A CLEAN-up operation was under way yesterday to remove the damage caused by a whirlwind over the weekend.
During the storm that swept across Oxfordshire on Saturday, a mini whirlwind formed and pulled up trees across Blackbird Leys, damaging people’s gardens and blocking roads.
Police community support officers were out from early in the morning yesterday to remove the debris and clear the roads.
In Ladenham Road, part of a tree fell across three gardens, missing people’s homes.
Abraham Clarke, 85, said the incident terrified him and his wife Olive, adding: “We could hardly see anything outside, the rain was blowing so hard.
“All of a sudden this great big tree fell and half of it came down in our garden.
“It blocked our front door, we couldn’t get out from the front of our house.”
The former lorry driver added: “It was frightening. I thought the tree was coming down on the house.
“If the rest of it had come down it would have caused a lot of damage.”
Fire crews cut the tree up and removed it from Mr Clarke’s garden, piling it up on the grass in front of his house.
Mr Clarke said: “We’re waiting for it to be taken away now.
“Small branches have fallen in the garden before but I’ve never seen weather like this.”
Our top stories:
9:59pm Monday 27th July 2015
A serious crash and car fire has shut the M40 southboound between junction 10 and 9.
5:11pm Monday 27th July 2015
There are severe delays along Botley Road after temporary traffic lights were installed.
9:00am Monday 27th July 2015
MUSIC enthusiasts got a lorra, lorra laughs when to their surprise, surprise they discovered Cilla Black was in the top 100 streamed songs in Oxford.
6:00am Monday 27th July 2015
A GROUP helped by much-loved councillor Val Smith will dedicate its new minibus to the former mayor.
7:00am Saturday 25th July 2015
THE future of a specialist team tackling child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire should be reviewed, a Government advisor has said.
9:00am Saturday 25th July 2015
A RAIL commuter has launched an online campaign to save the future of the buffet car on an Oxfordshire train route.