SES responds to 950 calls for help


By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – ACT Emergency Services Agency

Social media went crazy during and after Friday’s windstorm that battered the capital.

People posted pics of fallen down trees that blocked roads and damaged homes.

David Stear posted this pic of what looks like a trampoline that ended up on top of a car!

The ACT SES received over 950 calls for help, which were completed by 8pm last night.

“My house in Kambah, our tree dropped two huge limbs, unable to wrap my arms around the circumferences of them. Totally destroyed my entire backyard, shed, swing set, original clothes line, guttering on house, the list goes on!” Joanne posted.

Acting Chief Officer Steven Carter said they had an amazing response from the community.

“People were very patient, there was a lot of work to get through, but people were fantastic,” he said.

“They’re very trying circumstances but people all pitch in and work really well together. People were extremely patient and lots of our crews got thank yous along the way.”

“Huge shout out to the SES crew who must be exhausted from all this clean-up! Nice one fellas,” Samantha wrote.

As of 9am this morning, there were still 25 homes without power, after 16,000 customers endured blackouts.

ActewAGL Works Delivery Branch Manager Clinton McAlister said crews had to deal with a range of issues over the weekend.

“We had a number of snaps of power poles, cross arms that were broken, and trees and branches that had become entangled in overhead lines,” he said.

Power is expected to be restored to all affected homes by this afternoon.

Image Credit – Candice Nicholson

The ACT SES is reminding locals to be mindful of loose trees and branches that may still be around.

"So just be mindful of parking or hanging around those. If you are still experiencing power outages or you come across any fallen power lines, please report them. If you have any need to get assistance from the ACT SES - 132 500," Steven Carter said.