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Storm Eunice: ‘Devastating’ damage could cost Basford football club £10k

‘Devastating’ damage caused by Storm Eunice to the stadium of Basford United could cost the club at least £10,000, its chairman has said.

The stadium in Greenwich Avenue took a battering on Friday, February 18, as winds reached more than 50mph across Nottinghamshire.

Significant damage was caused to the football club’s stands, fences and turnstiles, which long-term chairman and owner Chris Munroe expects will cost thousands to fix.

“The damage is devastating to be honest,” he told Nottinghamshire Live.

“But at least everyone is safe. Now we need to just wait and assess the damage, we need to fix it with the level that we’re playing at. Our game tomorrow was cancelled so it gives us a bit of a window.”

Mr Munroe said the damage, which also cut off the gas and electric supplies, could have been worse.

“I’ve got access to the CCTV at home so I knew there was a problem. We got down there early, if we hadn’t the whole fence could have come down.”

He estimated it would cost more than £10,000 to recover from the storm, which has “completely destroyed” the roof of a stand.

The devastation came on the day Storm Eunice caused severe wind and disruption for people across Nottinghamshire.

A family was rescued from their car by firefighters after becoming stranded in a brook in East Leake.

Two adults and a child were helped from out of the vehicle.

In Arnold, motorists were held up after a tree collapsed on a busy road, blocking both lanes.

It blocked Calverton Road for more than an hour.



The fallen tree in Calverton Road. 
The fallen tree in Calverton Road. 

Dozens of Nottinghamshire attractions, markets and parks were shut throughout the day due to high winds, including Wollaton Hall, city parks, Newstead Abbey and Bulwell, Mansfield and Clifton markets.

A raft of rail service cancellations also hit train passengers, who were advised not to travel by East Midlands Railway.

Hussain Merchant, a medical writer from London, was left unable to return home after coming to Nottingham to visit his girlfriend for Valentine’s day.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “The train ticket was £56 and I basically lost the money because my ticket was non-refundable.

“I don’t tend to look at the weather so I didn’t pay extra for insurance.”

Mr Merchant plans to travel home on a bus later on Friday evening.



Hussain Merchant
Hussain Merchant

He added: “Obviously I’m quite apprehensive of the weather, and I know that it could increase the chances for traffic accidents and delays.”

Residents across the city voiced their concern over the “scary” storm.

Iman Gafter, 38, a mother-of-three who lives Hyson Green, said: “It is quite scary, it’s all over the news, I hope it only lasts for today.

“I have moved all the kids stuff from the garden into the house just in case, I took my washing in also. I wasn’t planning on going out except this little walk for the kids, so I’ll stay inside to be on the safe side.”

Piers Baird, from Mapperley, described the weather as “awful”.

“I’ve got long hair and it’s so blowy out here it’s just going everywhere,” said the 28-year-old cinema worker.

“I had to change my plans. It’s my week off work and I usually like to get out on my bike into nature but I can’t really do that – well I could but I don’t think it would be much fun.

“The new plans now are mostly to just stay inside where it’s warm, I’m supposed to be going for drinks tonight but this weather just makes everything less pleasurable.”

Dana Lee, a 29-year-old waitress from Sherwood, added: “I saw the house in Wollaton that had a tree fall down on it and that’s my worst nightmare. Safe to say all my windows will be closed tonight.”

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