White out at Woopi as hail pounds Coffs Coast

THE hailstorm which ripped through the Coffs Harbour area on Tuesday afternoon kept our SES crews flat out.

Coffs Harbour City SES local controller, Bob White, said volunteers responded to 22 calls for help to make urgent repairs to roof tiles and skylights cut to pieces by large hailstones.

He said most of the damage had been concentrated in the Moonee Beach area, while calls also came in from alarmed residents in the Orara Valley, Emerald Beach and Upper Corindi.

“Most of the jobs required us to put pieces of plastic over the skylights, while tarpaulins were needed for damaged roof tiles,” Mr White said.

As many as 12 SES personnel and three vehicles initially hit the road at the height of the emergency, and they were assisted by other crews throughout the afternoon.

As if the storm damage wasn't enough to contend with, the SES was called to Coramba Road at Red Hill at 5.45pm when the driver of a westbound car lost control in the slippery conditions, spun across to the wrong side of the road and slammed into an oncoming car.

The westbound driver was trapped for a short time but was freed by the SES.

“The SES was extremely busy that afternoon,” Mr White said.



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