A tree came down in Billson Street, Wonthaggi, just in front of the Wonthaggi Primary School, falling across a late model Toyota and causing considerable damage to the driver’s side of the car before a work crew from the Bass Coast Shire cleared the scene. They attended numerous incidents resulting from last Thursday’s high winds. m073114
THE recent wild weather has kept both the Wonthaggi and Leongatha SES units busy with a number of call outs to damaged homes.
Unit Controller of Wonthaggi SES, Joseph Borg, said the unit had 12 call outs on Thursday.
“The majority of call outs were building damages ranging from shops to houses,” he said.
“One house we went to Thursday night at Fish Creek lost the whole back verandah of the house.
“The strong wind picked up the whole thing and smashed it to smithereens.”
Unit Controller of Leongatha SES, Tony Lindhard, said the unit had 85 notifications across the past few days ranging from trees down to traffic hazards and house damage.
“We had 71 notifications on the Thursday, with many referred to VicRoads or the South Gippsland Shire,” he said.
“The Leongatha SES unit attended about a third of the calls.”
The SES often had to clean trees from roads so their trucks could get through to jobs in a busy day for the unit.
Some of the jobs proved too dangerous for the SES members to attend.
“You can’t put someone on a roof when it’s too windy or too wet,” Mr Lindhard said.
The Leongatha SES had two crews in action on Thursday and were also helped by the CFA who had members on standby throughout the day.
Mr Borg said that August is one of the worst months of the year for SES callouts in the area.
“Mid-August last year we had a day where we had 64 call outs in the one day,” he said.
“If you have loose items in your backyard, secure them because August is our windiest month.
“You need to protect your property as well as your possessions.”
The public is reminded to call 132 500 for assistance with any storm damage or floods, and to call 000 for life threatening situations.
The Wonthaggi SES is looking for members so if you are interested call Joseph Borg on 0499 072 117.