Mopping up after the storm
DEBBIE MORTIMER was on the other side of town when Wednesday’s violent storm ripped through her North Casino property.
“I hope we’re getting this rain,” she thought to herself as she looked out at the downpour.
Little did she know that what was a standard and refreshing summer storm on the south side of Casino was a destructive fury around her North Casino home.
“As I was driving home I started seeing a few branches, but it wasn’t until I got to Knoetzechs Road that it got bad, and it just kept getting worse,” she said.
When she reached her 6.4 hectare property on Manifold Road, she was greeted by the sight of a giant gum tree that had fallen and crushed one side of her gate.
Across the property about 100 trees were knocked over, including some giant hardwood ironbarks. They mercifully missed the house and animals, but damaged much of the fenceline.
Yesterday afternoon, Ms Mortimer and about 150 other properties between Casino and Kyogle remained without power as up to 50 Country Energy personnel from as far away as Ewingsdale and Ballina laboured to restore services.
Country Energy spokesman Mike Hely said the electricity retailer hoped to have all services restored by yesterday afternoon, but workers were still finding new faults in the power network.
The State Emergency Service had almost 80 calls for help during and after the storm, but they had slowed to a trickle by yesterday afternoon. Volunteers were expected to finish with emergency repairs late yesterday.
In the wake of the storm, NSW Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge warned residents to beware of ‘dodgy traders’ trying to cash in on the damage.
Residents can avoid them by checking whether their licences with the department on 133 220 or going to: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au