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Historic Windmill Battered By Storm Ciara In 90mph Wind

Historic Windmill Battered By Storm Ciara In 90mph Wind

While Storm Ciara continues to cause disruption in certain areas of the UK, others were left picking up the pieces in the aftermath.

That includes the residents of Burgh Le Marsh in Lincolnshire where high winds caused irreversible damage to the town's historic windmill.

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Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Over the weekend, police closed off the town's high street after realising the sails were spinning far too quickly by winds that reached speeds of 90mph.

They were right to be concerned, as at around 11.30am the blades of the windmill's sail completely collapsed as a result of the extreme weather.

Local resident Mick Smith said: "The police are now evacuating us. I called the police because the windmill sails were turning out of control.

"Some of the lats have been flying off - one flew over a house opposite and nearly landed in the road."

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Other local residents expressed sadness over the news of the building, which dates back to around 1844 and was recently restored.

The Burgh Le Marsh windmill in 1970. Credit: PA
The Burgh Le Marsh windmill in 1970. Credit: PA

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Dog-walker Joey Brazier told Lincolnshire Live: "It was horrendous, was walking the dog and it went with a right bang. Not long been repaired too.

"Such a shame as it makes Burgh as does the church. Emergency services were on it though. Power line went into a house there too."

Writer and photographer Alex Roddie added: "The cap and sails have been destroyed, and the Burgh Heritage Centre has also suffered roof damage. This is a major blow to the village."

There were over 200 flood warnings from Storm Ciara yesterday (9 February). Credit: Environment Agency
There were over 200 flood warnings from Storm Ciara yesterday (9 February). Credit: Environment Agency

Another resident, who chose to remain anonymous, declared: "It's absolutely heartbreaking to see part of Lincolnshire's heritage torn apart by the wind.

"Storm Ciara looks like it causing trouble across the county, but you hope these old buildings - which mean a lot to a lot of local people - can remain intact.

"It's such a shame and so sad for the people who work on it."

Elsewhere in the UK, the storm continues to reverberate as more than 20,000 homes spent the night without power.

The Environment Agency maintains over 100 flood warnings across the UK, as forecasts warn of more wind, showers and, in some areas, snow and blizzards.

"Most areas seeing sunny spells but also blustery showers," notes the Met Office's website in its most recent weather update for today (10 February).

"Showers heaviest and most frequent in the north and west, with snow over hills, temporary blizzard conditions across the highest routes. Some rain or sleet may cross southern areas."

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Topics: Weather, uk news

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]