Brace for a bat­ter­ing

WEEK­END WINTER STORMS SET TO LASH HILLS

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

HILLS res­i­dents mop­ping up af­ter Wed­nes­day’s drench­ing are be­ing warned to pre­pare for more wild weather, with heavy falls and pos­si­ble da­m­ag­ing winds pre­dicted across the week­end and into next week.

Mun­dar­ing and Kala­munda copped the worst of the mid-week del­uge, with re­ports of lo­calised flood­ing across the re­gion af­ter a brief, in­tense cold front swept across the South-West.

Shop­pers said Coles Mun­dar­ing was hit hard, with some of the aisles flooded.

A Kala­munda SES spokes­woman said they re­sponded to six calls for help.

“We re­ceived four calls just be­fore 11am and two more in the evening and they were mostly to do with flood­ing of prop­er­ties due to water over­flow­ing out of drains or drive­ways,” she said.

“We also called the firies to pump out a ‘lake’ on El­iz­a­beth Street.”

Mun­dar­ing SES lo­cal man­ager Hen­drik Raak said they re­ceived one call for as­sis­tance for mi­nor dam­age. “It ab­so­lutely buck­eted down in the Hills. “The amount of rain­fall was in­cred­i­ble and there were rivers run­ning down the road,” he said.

SES Mun­dar­ing duty of­fi­cer Lin Booth said crews were ex­pected to be busy with more bad weather pre­dicted over com­ing days.

“At this stage we have been pretty lucky and part of it is be­cause peo­ple have taken the time to make sure they have cleaned out their gut­ters,” he said.

“We will be wait­ing and see­ing to see how much dam­age comes with more heavy falls ex­pected over the week­end and into the start of next week.”

Swan SES train­ing man­ager Gary Bates said blocked gut­ters were one of the main causes of storm dam­age.

“We are gear­ing up for Fri­day; we are ex­pect­ing a bit of lash­ing,” he said.

“A lit­tle bit of gut­ter clean­ing can save you a lot of stress when that next big down­pour comes and I urge peo­ple to check theirs.

“With the first few storms of winter we are see­ing a few calls where peo­ple haven’t quite got around to clean­ing the gut­ters.

“If you don’t have time to do any­thing else, at least check your gut­ters are free-flow­ing.

“You want to make sure you get rain off your roof as quickly as pos­si­ble when we have heavy falls, es­pe­cially over a short pe­riod of time, other­wise the water seeps into your roof and that is when we see ceil­ings col­lapse.”

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spokesman Glenn Cook said the Bureau was pre­dict­ing falls of up to 15mm on Fri­day, 10mm on Satur­day and 20mm on Mon­day.

“Perth metro at Mt Law­ley had ex­actly 20mm from 9am un­til 12.40pm on Wed­nes­day,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Flood­ing in Kala­munda on El­iz­a­beth Street.

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