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Update on Storm Arwen 2.30pm 29/11

Teams are continuing to work round the clock to support residents affected by Storm Arwen. 
Two Community Hubs in Northumberland, at Rothbury and Wooler, remain open today, after opening yesterday, providing respite, hot food and drinks to residents in areas affected by power and water supplies. 
Council staff, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Mountain Rescue teams and the local community are working together to look after any residents who need support. 
Wooler is the main conurbation still without power, although the council is aware of other settlements which have power and water issues and is working closely with the utility companies to try and get services restored as soon as possible. 
All priority roads are being checked and tree safety checks are taking place for all key open spaces. 
All major roads are open although a number of minor roads remain closed either due to fallen debris and trees or where utility companies are repairing power lines. 
A multi-agency operations room remains running at West Hartford Fire HQ, involving council, fire and police staff, who are co-ordinating activity across Northumberland. 
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Graeme Binning said: “This is a real team effort but I must thank the people of Northumberland who have yet again come together to look after each other in what’s been a very difficult few days. 
“Here at the fire service and council, our staff have been working round the clock, as have lots of other agencies. 
“From rescuing stranded motorists to cutting down trees and clearing roads, through to re-homing residents and supporting vulnerable residents and those in care homes it’s been an extremely busy time
“We know there’s still a lot of people without power and we’re doing all we can to offer support, working alongside the power companies as they work to restore services.” 
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