SES praised for action after wild storm

Member for Lismore Thomas George praised the actions of the State Emergency Service crews and the Rural Fire Brigade members who came to the aid of 30 families on Christmas Eve after a massive storm struck the district.

Crews from Tabulam, Lismore, Casino and Kyogle helped secure damaged properties from 4pm to 1am on Christmas Day.

SES division controller Scott Henkel said most of the damage was inflicted across the township and north to Collins Creek.

There were no reports of anyone injured during the storm.

Mr George said he did not expect the area to be declared a natural disaster because there was not enough infrastructure damaged to qualify.

“Most of the damage has been done to private homes which can be claimed on insurance,” he said.
“It’s going to be a couple of days before we can sort anything out.

“If more damage comes to light we will be calling for a natural disaster declaration.

“I wish to pay compliments to the SES and rural fire services because they did a mighty job on Christmas Eve especially helping secure the Kyogle Nursing Home which also sustained damage.
“I think of all the families traumatised by this.”



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