SES attends ‘worst damage’ area has seen
Flipping heck, wild wind sends trampoline flying
PLUMPTON resident Mary Gauci is grateful no one was hurt during Thursday’s freak storm.
She was in her backyard pool with her daughter, two friends and their children when the rain hit.
“We were trying to get out of the pool and the rain was hitting so hard it hurt,” Ms Gauci said. “Next thing the trampoline took off like a space ship, it collected the water tank and hooked onto the swing set as it flew through the air.”
The 4m trampoline flew up to 20m from her Sweeney Ave back yard and landed against a tree in Pringle Rd at the rear of her property.
Ms Gauci says while she can see the funny side now “it was quite scary at the time”. “All you could see was the trampoline and swing set flying, the swing set came loose and crashed down, smashing the glass pool fence,” she said.
“We really are so lucky no one got hurt.”
Ms Gauci likened the experience to a cyclone.
“I’ve seen that sort of thing on television in other areas and I’ve always thought, ‘glad that doesn’t happen here’,” she said.
The intersection at the entrance to Mt Druitt Westfield flooded and was a major hazard for drivers trying to negotiate their way through.
This 4m trampoline flew up to 20m before coming down and wrapping around a neighbour’s tree.
A tree smashed through a brick wall at Mt Druitt.
Staff mop up after the roof collapse at Mt Druitt Westfield.