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‘Terrifying’ damage as tenant injured at Hunstanton

A town councillor has said it is “one of life’s small miracles” after a lodger survived being hit by fallen debris from her nineteenth century property.

An assessor will be visiting Hunstanton town councillor Wendy Croucher’s Victorian property on Greevegate tomorrow after strong winds caused parts of the building to collapse on Friday.

The lodger was rushed to hospital by the 73-year-old councillor and has required a lot of stiches in his head. The tenant has lived at the property since last August.

High winds caused damage to the Victorian property on Greevegate in Hunstanton, last week.. (42450475)
High winds caused damage to the Victorian property on Greevegate in Hunstanton, last week.. (42450475)

Miss Croucher said: “When the brick fell, he had bent over to pick up a fallen flower pot. I do know that if he had been three feet further in the opposite direction then he would have been dead and taken the brunt of the fall.

“It’s one of life’s small miracles.”

The councillor first lived at the property when she was five-years-old and described it as one of the original fine gentleman’s town buildings. It dates back to the late nineteenth century.

Miss Croucher said a structural engineer has previously reported the building as being safe.

“Hopefully this was a one in a million chance,” she continued. “You have to face the fact these are old buildings. I keep up with the maintenance but strong winds of up to 70mph are going to destroy a lot of things.”

The town councillor does not know what the outcome of the insurance assessor’s visit will be and whether the building is still safe.

Sunday night was the first time she was able to get a proper night’s sleep as she had been worried of further damage during the stormy weather.

Miss Croucher said: “It’s terrifying and the damage is not on the scale of a small repair. It’s been a bit of a scary weekend.”

As the clean up after the storm continues this week highways crews are being thanked for their hard work over the weekend which saw them deal with more than 1,000 emergency calls across the county.

County councillor Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “I’d like to thank highway crews for their hard work over the weekend as we dealt with an unprecedented number of calls.

"It was a remarkable effort which saw teams dealing with hundreds of trees and branches down on our roads and paths, issues with traffic lights and damaged streetlights, and flash flooding caused by the sudden and prolonged rainfall.

"The majority of our roads are now open as usual, however due to the severity of the storm we will be continuing the clear up operation over the coming days.”

In a 52 hour period, between 5pm on Friday and 9pm on Sunday, Norse Highways and their sub-contractors, working for the county council, cleared 203 trees or broken branches that had fallen onto roads or pavements.

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