Banwell man travels to Dominica to help in hurricane clean up

PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 October 2017

Alex Hebden is an expert tree surgeon and is helping in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Picture: DART

Alex Hebden is an expert tree surgeon and is helping in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Picture: DART

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A Banwell man has flown to the Caribbean to help in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Tree surgeon Alex Hebden has travelled to Dominica to assist in the clear-up operation after the storms ripped through the island last month.

Alex has travelled with the Disaster Arborist Response Team (DART), which is tasked with using expert tree surgical skills to clear debris and bring the island’s main ring road back into use.

The self-employed arboriculturalist will utilise his 14 years of experience to help in the bid to get the island back to some degree of normality after it was battered by 155mph winds.

A DART spokesman said: “The present situation in the Caribbean is exactly what Alex and the other volunteers have trained for.

“Clearing roads and other vital infrastructure of fallen trees is always an immediate priority, because it allows rescue organisations and aid agencies to operate more safely and effectively.”

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