The Northern Star

Woodenbong latest victim of wild summer storms

WOODENBONG became the latest victim of the wild summer storm cells.

Strong winds sent trees crashing along the Summerland Way, tore the roof off the historic old showground grandstand, and sent a Where's Wally-figure tumbling from the police station lawn.

The storm hit on Monday and killed the town's power for 12 hours.

Woodenbong Senior Constable Michael Chaffey said volunteer SES personnel from nearby Urbenville joined Woodenbong fire officers and Kyogle Shire Council local depot officers in the night-time clean-up.

He said destructive winds tore through the area in a narrow strip from the north-west in a south-east direction.

“There were high winds and a great deal of rain with some small hail,” he said. “The winds caused the damage. The town is cleaning up today, mostly fallen trees.”

Snr Const Chaffey said a section of roof on the Ford timber mill was blown off and a large timber fence blown over. A woman's caravan was blown out of the carport and into a fence by the strong gusts.

Snr Const Chaffey estimated the crews spent three hours clearing fallen trees from sections of the Summerland Way and Mt Lindesay Highway, blocking the main road to Queensland.

A farmer on the Mt Lindesay Highway also lost the roof off his machinery shed.

On a lighter note, the colourful plywood figures that stand in front of the police station during the festive season were blown away, but Snr Const Chaffey said he had found them all. He also found the chimney cap blown from the roof.



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