Storm Doris Day hit Wivenhoe with a vengeance on yesterdaybringing the sprawling Essex metropolis to a standstill and causing unprecedented levels of damage as it swept its windy way through the town. Being widely recognised as Essex’s Katrina, it’s believed that as much as £8.40’s worth of carnage was caused during a harrowing eight hours that has left the people of Wivenhoe distraught and their homes in complete and utter disarray.
Wivenhoe baker Gregory Gregs told The Watcher: “I spent a nerve-shredding night with the family in our storm shelter listening to what sounded like World War 3 going on out there. When we finally emerged it was heart breaking to see the devastation that had taken place. One of our milk bottles had blown over, my recycling bin got carried three doors down the road and will really confuse the poor dustmen and a pile of leaves that I swept up yesterday has gone. I doubt I’ll ever see those leaves again, it’s just all so sad...”
After another day battling outbreaks of wind across the town, people have started putting back together their lives and countless stories are emerging of selfless acts and heroic deeds as the people of Wivenhoe come together to beat the ill wind that doth bloweth from the East, or something.
Gina Plums told The Watcher how a stranger with a smile and warm hands helped her straighten her hair after if was violently ruffled by a most unseemly gust of air, while Jeremy Pebbles told BBC Look East a similarly harrowing tale: “I was walking down Rebow Road and the wind blew my hood down. I put it back up and the wind just blew it down again. Eventually I decided to man up and I just carried on walking with my hood down. Sometimes you just have to grin and bear it”.
The bad news is that worse is to come. With the weekend expected to see temperatures drop to a dangerously low 6° and winds to reach speeds as high as 14mph, people are starting to consider packing up their belongings and heading off to somewhere warmer and safer, like Colchester or even Kelvedon. Bono has been informed and is duly putting together a crew of celebrity mates to release a single to raise money for this tragic cause. Barry Chuckle, Su Pollard and JR Hartley have all confirmed their involvement.