Big clean up response

January 31, 2018

Heavy rains during the storm on Thursday night caused flash flooding at the intersection of Noyes and Jameson Sts in south Deniliquin. Photo courtesy Krista Ladson.

The thunderous storm which took Deniliquin by surprise kept emergency services and local businesses busy on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The storm hit late Thursday with pelting rain and vicious winds, causing havoc with damaged trees, dangerous debris and flash flooding.

Deniliquin Tree Service owner Daniel Rosbiffi said the bulk of the damage was concentrated on central and west Deniliquin, with few calls for assistance from north Deniliquin.

He said it was among the worst windstorms experienced locally in the past 12 months.

‘‘It was a real savage summer storm,’’ he said.

‘‘We got quite a few call-outs from its aftermath, mostly to trees down or fallen limbs. Some fell on carports and other structures.’’

Deniliquin State Emergency Service controller Andrew Hillman said his volunteers received five calls for assistance on Thursday night, including the Globe Hotel.

He said most calls were due to fallen trees or tree limbs, and another was received yesterday when a small tree was discovered leaning against a Deniliquin home.

‘‘Our calls were mainly to basic storm damage, but compared to the Globe Hotel the other requests for help were only minor,’’ Mr Hillman said.

‘‘We had some trees and branches down, and one or two other roofs were affected.’’

Deniliquin NSW Fire & Rescue volunteers were also called to help with some basic storm damage, which Captain Martin Smith said included a tree which fell in Henry St and the roller doors of a Napier St business being blown in.

‘‘There were four incidents all up, including the Globe, and we had both appliances and 11 firefighters assisting with the clean-up,’’ he said.

Edward River Council’s outdoor staff were also on hand to assist with the clean-up, including the Waring Gardens in preparation for the following morning’s Australia Day ceremony.

With the summer storm season not yet over, Mr Rosbiffi said preparation is always key.

He said the State Emergency Service guidelines should be followed, and it recommends you securely tie down anything that is likely to blow away, and move cars under safe cover where possible.

He said assessment of storm susceptible trees is also important.

‘‘When it comes to trees, make sure you check anything that could be a risk,’’ he said.

‘‘General maintenance of your trees will help to limit damage.’’

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