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COUNCIL workers have been called to almost 100 incidents in Wrexham after Storm Arwen wreaked havoc.

The clean-up operation in the county borough is ongoing after strong winds hit the area on Friday night.

About 160 fallen trees were reported, causing damage to houses and cars, disrupting travel networks and bringing down power lines.

According to SP Energy Networks, there are still almost 500 people affected by power cuts across North and Mid Wales, the Dee Valley and Oswestry.

Wrexham Council had seven specialist teams out with chainsaws to remove fallen trees at the height of the storm, with eight other workers clearing debris.

Deputy council leader David A Bithell said efforts would continue over the coming week to deal with the damage.

The local authority’s lead member for environment and transport said: “Grounds maintenance teams are still deployed clearing up storm damage and in addition we have an additional six resources deployed from other work areas to assist the clear up.

“We still have some road closures roads due to fallen power lines where we continue to work with the utility companies to ensure appropriate health and safety.

“We continue to work across communities with the clear up during this week and I would like to thank all our staff and emergency services who responded across the county borough.”

The council is also urging residents to be on their guard against rogue traders looking to take advantage of the storm.

Wrexham Trading Standards said people should not deal with cold callers offering to help with damage to trees, fences and roofs.

A spokesman said: “If someone cold calls and points out work you may need doing such as loose tiles on the roof, consider the possibility you may actually have no damage or need the work.

“People who cold call are opportunists and want your cash.

“Don’t keep cash in the home and don’t ever get in a vehicle and be taken to a bank or withdrawal point. Reputable businesses would not do this.

“In Wrexham, there are many reputable tree surgeons, roofers, and builders who have been operating for years and work off recommendations. You may have to wait for someone good.”

People are asked to report any suspicious activity to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer service.

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