Storm Eunice update | Merton Council Newsroom

Weather forecast

The Met Office has issued a Red Weather Warning for London between 10am and 3pm today, causing significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds. An Amber Weather Warning will remain in place until 9pm tonight.

Storm Eunice could cause damage to homes, power cuts and flying debris, resulting in danger to life.

Get the latest forecast here.

Travel

People are advised to stay indoors and not to travel. If your journey is absolutely essential, check which public transport services are running before you travel at Transport for London or National Rail Enquiries. The Met Office has these tips for drivers.

Motorists are advised to avoid Wimbledon Broadway around the junction with Russell Road, after part of the roof duct came off the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Drivers, pedestrians and Tube passengers are advised to avoid the area around South Wimbledon Underground Station. The junction of Kingston Road, Morden Road, Merton Road and Merton High Street was closed at 3pm due to debris falling from a building in Morden Road. Traffic is being diverted and South Wimbledon Tube Station on the Northern Line is closed.

UPDATE 10:30 AM 19 February: The site area has been declared safe.

South Wimbledon Station and most of the roads around the site are now back open, except Griffiths Road which is still closed off for now.

Fallen trees

If you spot a fallen tree or any rubbish knocked over by the wind, report it here.

Our officers and idverde are out doing tree inspections to check if any trees have been damaged by the wind or are at risk of falling.

Park closures

People are advised to stay indoors and not to visit parks or children’s playgrounds.

All sporting fixtures which were due to be played in parks this weekend have been cancelled.

Cannizaro Park in Wimbledon closed to the public at 12.45pm.

At 1pm, all council parks which have gates are being closed for safety reasons.

Morden Hall Park, which is run by the National Trust, is closed all day today and may open late tomorrow (Saturday) so that safety checks can be carried out. Check their website for updates.

UPDATE:10:30AM Saturday 19 February: We’re pleased to confirm that all the parks we had to close yesterday are now re-opened. However, please take care and avoid areas that are cordoned off. We will also have extra Veolia crews out over the weekend to clear the rubbish the storm left in its wake, and we are inspecting various buildings for safety today. Thanks for your patience while this work happens.

Cemetery closures

Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery in Morden, and Gap Road Cemetery in Wimbledon and London Road Cemetery in Mitcham were all temporarily closed at 1pm for safety reasons after trees fell down.

UPDATE:10:30AM Saturday 19 February: Unfortunately the cemeteries we closed are still shut, due to the risk of hanging/broken branches.

Recycling and rubbish collections

Recycling and rubbish collections are proceeding while it remains safe to do so. If your scheduled collection is missed today, please leave your bins out and Veolia will empty them as soon as they can.

As soon as your wheelie bins and recycling boxes have been emptied, please bring them in to avoid them from being blown onto the road.

Garth Road

The Garth Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre in Morden temporarily closed at 12.45pm. It is hoped to reopen the site later, if it is safe to do so. Please check for updates before visiting the site. Bookings for today will be honoured tomorrow (Saturday).

COVID-19 testing centres

All PCR testing sites in Merton and across London will be closed today. We will update you when we have more information about re-booking appointments. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home and order a PCR test for home delivery

After a full risk assessment of our asymptomatic (LFD) testing sites at Centre Court shopping centre in Wimbledon and the Wilson Hospital, we have made the decision to close both our asymptomatic testing centres today. You can still order LFD tests for home delivery. Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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