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Trees down in fierce winds

Friday, 24th January, 2020

Council workers remove a tree felled in Beryl St during Wednesday’s dust storm. PICTURE: Craig Brealey Council workers remove a tree felled in Beryl St during Wednesday’s dust storm. PICTURE: Craig Brealey

A dozen State Emergency Service volunteers were kept busy during the height Wednesday’s intense dust storm, and the aftermath yesterday.

Volunteers responded to five jobs overnight Wednesday, all of them relating to tree damage.

“We had a tree through a carport, one through the back of a house that smashed a couple of windows, and trees down in the street, which council looks after,” said SES Deputy Commander Darren Larkin.

He said they had more callouts yesterday with a tree that fell through a shed, one through a carport, and a couple that smashed through fences and backyards.

“I’d just like to remind people to make sure they secure items around their yards,” Deputy Commander Larkin said.

City Council said overall the city’s assets came through the other side of the fierce winds with “minimal damage”.

“It’s mainly just branches and small stuff that’s come down,” said a spokesman for Council yesterday.

“Our outdoor crews will get that cleaned up in two or three days.”

A large tree felled in the 67 km/h winds grew in the car park that runs along Beryl Street between Chloride and Oxide streets, but according to one of the council workers sawing it up, it was already in bad shape.

“Termites were right through the root ball and mistletoe had got into it, too,” he said.

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