Strike us lucky, storm passes

CLARENCE Valley SES crews were bracing themselves for the worst this week, but thankfully it didn't come.

Acting SES deputy regional controller Michael Stubbs said the winds that went through Grafton on Thursday were so strong he was expecting the phone to ring off the hook.

“It was very surprising (the lack of damage and calls for help),” Mr Stubbs said.

“We were sitting here waiting for the calls because of the strength of the winds.”

John Hall, from Nymboida SES, said his team was called to one job at Swan Creek to place a tarp over a damaged roof.

It was a similar story for Maclean SES, which was called to a leaky roof at Gulmarrad.

In South Grafton, a large apple gum dropped two branches in the backyard of Donna Bancroft's home.

Mrs Bancroft said one of the branches came down on her shade-house causing damage to the frame.

Her courtyard was also damaged.

“The intensity of the wind was amazing,” Mrs Bancroft said.

“The front door was open and the westerly winds were blowing rain half-way up our hallway.”



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