Storm Doris causes disruption across Cambridge

26 February 2017

Storm Doris brought winds with speeds exceeding 70 mph to Cambridge on Thursday 23 February.

There was damage and disruption to be seen across Cambridge and within colleges. This was so extensive that Cambridge City Council have since adjusted their 2017-18 budget to allow sufficient funds to plant new trees, as many were uprooted or damaged.

On Victoria Avenue, near Jesus College, a tree fell down, blocking the road. Stagecoach bus services were therefore disrupted.

Several colleges emailed their students, advising them to shut their windows. Indeed it was reported at Magdalene that open windows had left rooms unprotected, resulting in broken glass.

Windows were similarly blown out and shattered at Selwyn and Newnham.

Christ’s and Pembroke both shut to the public because of potentially hazardous falling branches and Newnham gardens were closed completely. According to Varsity, Wolfson’s head gardener Phil Stigwood warned students to take care when walking around college, 

Meanwhile, in the lead up to Lent Bumps all crews were stopped from rowing on the River Cam on Thursday, which was the first time since February 2014. Just before 10 am CUCBC raised the red flag.

More widely across Cambridgeshire there was significant disruption and even danger. It was reported in Cambridge News that one man managed to escape after “the oldest conker tree in Witcham”, near Ely, fell onto his car.