x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Workers continue Al Ain storm clean-up

Emergency crews were clearing debris and containing floodwaters yesterday after powerful winds and heavy rain.

AL AIN // Emergency crews were clearing debris and containing floodwaters yesterday after powerful winds and heavy rain.

Streets were flooded, debris from signs and billboards were scattered and trees were felled by winds of almost 40kph on Thursday evening.

Emergency crews from the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi yesterday used cranes to remove the fallen trees as police diverted traffic from flooded areas.

"The storm that hit Al Ain around 5pm felled several trees and resulted in the closure of a number of streets in Al Ain," said a spokesman for the centre.

"Minor clearing remains to be done over the weekend and on Sunday. The areas most affected include Al Mutarad, Al Jimi, Zaker, Muwaiji and Al Qattara districts."

Residents of Al Jimi awoke yesterday to find some trees had yet to be removed, and many roads near Al Jimi Mall were flooded.

"The damage was visible everywhere," said Andrew Thompson, 39, a human resources specialist from the US. "Police barriers could still be seen in many places and sandbags had been placed."

Neither Al Ain Hospital nor Tawam Hospital reported any injuries and there were no reports of animals being hurt at Al Ain Zoo.

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