Emergency volunteers recover from wild week

GEARING UP FOR WILD WEATHER: Mount Gambier SES unit manager Mat Tye with South East district officer and volunteer Dirk Nickolson as they prepare for wild weather throughout the Limestone Coast.

Charlotte Varcoe

EMERGENCY services across the Limestone Coast were kept on their toes throughout the week as wet and wild weather ravished the region.

Throughout the region 19 requests were made for State Emergency Services (SES) with 14 resulting in trees blocking roads.

Mount Gambier’s SES team attended 10 incidents while Bordertown, Keith and Millicent attended two and Kingston attended three.

Incidents included a shed which threatened to blow onto a nearby road in Moorak and a trampoline which had been picked up by strong winds and settled itself on a fence in Mount Gambier.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology wind gusts in Mount Gambier reached 74km/h causing significant wild weather warnings throughout the week.

SES South East district officer Brad Flew said volunteers were kept busy over the weekend yet continued to be supported by local Country Fire Service (CFS) crews.

“Tasks we attended included trees over roads, tiles blown off a roof and a small shed that had been picked up by the wind and blown towards a road,” Mr Flew said.

“With the combination of the rain over the weekend and the windy conditions forecast over the week we did expect some more trees down.”

Mr Flew encouraged residents to remain safe and park cars under cover and away from trees.

It was also recommended that residents clean up around their homes, secure loose items such as trampolines and outdoor furniture and be aware of the danger of falling trees.

People needing assistance from SES volunteers during wild weather are encouraged to call 132 500 or 000.