SES at­tends ‘worst dam­age’ area has seen

Flip­ping heck, wild wind sends tram­po­line fly­ing

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.

Pic­ture: MARY GAUCI

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.

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