Brace for a battering
WEEKEND WINTER STORMS SET TO LASH HILLS
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.
Flooding in Kalamunda on Elizabeth Street.