Winds raise the roof
Tuesday, 7th September, 2010
The clean-up continued yesterday after the city was lashed by high winds on Saturday.
Wind speeds from 28km/h and peaking up to 55km/h at about 3pm meant local State Emergency Service crews were kept busy on Saturday.
They answered 19 calls for assistance, ranging from fallen trees, leaking roofs and damaged homes.
Police said it was lucky no-one was injured when wind blew the roof off a house in Silver Street.
The entire back panel of the roof was ripped off before landing in the street on top of two cars, police said.
The cars received only superficial damage and police said the only reason the corrugated iron roof did not go further was that it was stopped by a traffic sign.
Regional general manager of Country Energy Guy Chick said there was no loss of power to homes in the city during the windy weather.
"Several rural properties out of Wilcannia were affected and we had one rural property in Tibooburra affected, but nothing in the Broken Hill area," Mr Chick said.
"Our network has held up up tremendously well."
The airport recorded the highest wind gusts with a maximum of 65km/h. The temperature peaked at 14 degrees.
Local weatherman Philip Mew said the city received 14mm of rain up to 8pm on Saturday, which was "not bad" for this time of the year.
"Hopefully we don't get these winds again," Mr Mew said.
But he didn't rule the possibility out.
"Anything can happen at the start of spring."