CREEK Road was closed to traffic today after a huge crane buckled under the force of Storm Katie during the night.
Greenwich woke up to the startling sight of the wilted crane - visible from around town - hanging overhead. It was reported to have crumpled in high winds shortly before 2am.
Nobody was hurt when the large crane, positioned behind the Lord Hood pub, collapsed as wind speeds reached up to 70mph around London
The bent-double crane is one of three that are currently working on a development site on Creek Road.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police commented:
"Officers attended and the road was closed between Greenwich Church Street and Norman Road until the crane’s structure can be made safe. There were no reported injuries."
Other damage caused by Storm Katie included the felling of a lamp post and tree in Stockwell Street and the upending of benches at the National Maritime Museum.
Thames Clipper boats had to stop calling at North Greenwich Pier because of damage to the canopy there and both the Woolwich Ferry and cable car across the Thames were halted until the strong winds subsided.
Fallen tree in Stockwell Street with the damaged crane seen in the distance
Benches turned over at the colonnade next to the National Maritime Museum
Damaged canopy at North Greenwich Pier
The QEII Bridge was also closed, causing long traffic tailbacks on the M25 throughout Bank Holiday Monday