Emergency crews kept busy with clean-up



THE roof which came off a house on Gatelys Road wasn't the only headache for emergency personnel in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night.

State Emergency Service (SES) and Coffs Harbour City Council crews had to contend with numerous trees which fell onto roads, and loose roof tiles on several houses.

Council staff worked from 7pm on Tuesday to 3am yesterday clearing trees from Gleniffer Road at Crossmaglen, Sawtell Road, Coramba Road, Hogbin Drive near John Paul College, Mount Browne and Korora.

The Bellingen, Urunga, Raleigh and Repton areas were battered by high winds during the severe electrical storm, with powerlines brought down by falling trees.

Bellingen Shire Council crews worked around the clock to clear debris.

The Waterfall Way at Marx Hill was blocked from 7.30pm to 9.45pm when powerlines and large trees fell across the road. Both lanes were reopened by 10.45pm.

Powerlines also came down in Bellingen's Hammond Street and at Valery.

The Bellingen Shire SES had 14 callouts immediately after the storm hit just after 7pm.

"It was mainly to attend to trees and powerlines down and generally windstorm damage," SES local controller Toby Cuthel said.

"We had another 10 or 12 callouts (yesterday) morning."



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