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High winds create chaos across Melbourne

Welcome to Spring?

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A crisp, Melbourne, Spring evening?

Spring has arrived in Melbourne and with it devastating winds, heavy rain and storms. Chelsea SES volunteers were on standby, as severe weather predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology swept through Melbourne and its suburbs from early on Tuesday evening (05/09/2012).

 

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The flying gazebo touch down (Picture courtesy of the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader)

Chelsea began receiving calls for assistance from early on Wednesday morning and over the next 12 hours attended to almost 40 calls. From Parkdale to Carrum, damage to roofs, signage and even a flying gazebo as well as trees and branches coming down on properties and blocking roads. The gazebo that came from a neighbouring property, hit a car, breaking a window.

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Chelsea on scene in Emerald assisting local members

One Chelsea crew assisting the Emerald unit, had it's hands full trying to clear this massive ,40 Metre plus, gum tree, that had come down in the wind and was blocking a number of driveways. In the end the task was so big that the crew could only cut an opening large enough to allow vehicle access to the properties and thuis still took a little over three and a half hours of work.

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Awning blown off at Leading Edge Telecoms Boundary Road

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Chelsea members working on Nepean Highway, Mordialloc. (Picture courtesy of the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader)

Around lunchtime, within 5 minutes of each other, 2 jobs were received for traffic hazards with trees down on roads. The first was the corner of White Street and Boundary Road, and minutes later, the corner of White Street and Nepean Highway.

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The first of 2 jobs to clear trees from White Street. (Picture courtesy of the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader)

In Chelsea, a tree brought down power lines at the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Fowler Street around 3pm, on most days, the intersection would be busy with parents preparing to pick up their children from Chelsea Primary which is located at that intersection, however, due to the teachers strike, the area was unusually quiet. Members were kept busy right through the day and evening, until late on Wednesday night, with more trees, building damage and water entering properties. As well as ensuring all of our own area was being looked after, Chelsea crews headed to Emerald and Nunawading to assist with outstanding jobs and from early on Thursday morning a crew was dispatched to assist in Eltham with a second crew deployed on Thursday night.

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This large tree was uprooted in Woodbine Grove, Chelsea

A large tree was blown over onto a property in Woodbine Gove, Chelsea around 5pm and tangled in power lines and optus cables. SES members that attended could do nothing more than to protect the scene and wait for the power company  to remove the power lines.

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The wind blew this section of fence down blocking the laneway

Just before lunchtime today (06/09/2012) the pager began another round of calls for assistance across the Chelsea area. Around 7pm, the Chelsea operational area began to experience more heavy rain and increasing winds with a section of fence blown down onto a roadway in Edithvale and a large tree branch came down onto Nepean Highway in Parkdale but was quickly cleared by Chelsea members.

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The fence needed to be cut up and removed to clear the narrow roadway

At this stage, Bayside areas of Melbourne are expected to experience more of the same weather with more very high winds and possible storms around lunchtime on Friday (07/09/2012). In all, almost 30 volunteer members responded to calls for assistance from the community as well as assisting at 3 other locations, a great effort by all concerned.

As always, Chelsea volunteer members are there to assist you and so if you find yourself in need of help, simply call 132 500.

Last Updated (Monday, 24 September 2012 15:18)

 
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