Wild weather causes damage

Postie David Rosengreen was the only person with the courage to brave a wet and windswept Barkly Street on Tuesday and kept up the post delivery despite the rain and wind. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Postie David Rosengreen was the only person with the courage to brave a wet and windswept Barkly Street on Tuesday and kept up the post delivery despite the rain and wind. Picture: PETER PICKERING

ARARAT - With another day of extreme weather, including high winds, predicted for today, the State Emergency Service is warning people to clear up their yards and secure any thing which may become airborne.

SES unit controller in Ararat Donna Dunmore said personnel attended 19 jobs across the Ararat region on Tuesday as a wild storm swept across Victoria, hitting Ararat around 9.30am.

In addition to wild winds, Ararat experienced around 20mm of rain Monday nigh and Tuesday, bringing June’s total to a healthy 85mm.

Damage included five buildings, nine trees across roads, four trees down in house yards and one trampoline coming to rest in a tree.

“It was widespread (across the region), the worst damage being a building damaged at Norval, but most building damage was just flashing off roofs,” Ms Dunmore said.

Building damage occurred in Ingor, Princes, McLean and Queen streets and at Norval.

Work began early for SES personnel, with 13 members kept busy during the 12 hour period from 6am to 6pm Tuesday.

Ms Dunmore warned residents to tie down their trampolines, after the netting around one resident’s trampoline flew off and speared the roof of the house.

“Tie them down, they can be lethal weapons,” she said, also urging people to clear up around their yards, with high winds predicted for today as well.

Ms Dunmore  urged people to phone the 132 500 number if they were in need of the SES.

“You must go through that number,” she said.

“Even if you’re not sure, we will be happy to come out and have a look and if we can’t do anything we will try to point you in the right direction.”

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