Sav­age thun­der­storm brings crush to a stand­still

Isis Town and Country - - News -

CRUSH­ING op­er­a­tions came to an un­sched­uled halt around 8.40pm on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 28 when se­vere thun­der­storms im­pacted the re­gion.

The full brunt of the storm was felt at the Isis Mill, where trees were up­rooted, pow­er­lines came down, roofs were dam­aged, drainage sys­tems over­flowed and cane bins were blown off track.

Around 100mm of rain fell in a short pe­riod of time swelling gul­lies and creeks to over­flow­ing, flood­ing roads and rail cross­ings.

The safety of all stake­hold­ers was para­mount and crush­ing op­er­a­tions were halted when it was deemed too dan­ger­ous to at­tempt re­pairs in the dark.

The clean-up be­gan at first light and by 9.30am on Thurs­day the mill recom­menced op­er­a­tions to process the cane that was har­vested prior to the storm.

The strong wind that ac­com­pa­nied the storm flat­tened cane crops, but the rain was very wel­come and most lo­ca­tions recorded in ex­cess of 50mm of rain­fall for the week with some ar­eas record­ing more than 150mm.

The mill pro­cessed 56,085.36 tonnes for week 20 which brought the year-to-date fig­ure to 1,247,810.65 tonnes.

There is es­ti­mated to be around 35,000 tonnes left to har­vest for the 2015 crush­ing sea­son.

CCS for the week dropped slightly to be 15.02 units and the year-to-date fig­ure now stands at 14.29 units.

The high­est in­di­vid­ual CCS for the week was 18.03 units which was recorded by a Sharon grower who sup­plied the va­ri­ety Q208 4R.

Har­vest­ing of the re­main­ing crop was set to recom­mence on Sun­day, Novem­ber 1 in the Wallav­ille and South Kolan area and on Mon­day in all other lo­ca­tions.

De­mand for wet weather equip­ment has in­creased and field staff will work with con­trac­tors and grow­ers to co-or­di­nate the full util­i­sa­tion of the avail­able ma­chin­ery.

The mill was ex­pected to recom­mence crush­ing on Mon­day with the 2015 crush­ing sea­son ex­pected to be com­pleted late in the week, weather per­mit­ting.

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