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The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Sig­nif­i­cant storm dam­age af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie in Queens­land last week has re­minded the na­tion of the de­struc­tion of nat­u­ral disasters.

Early last week, on Mon­day, March 27, the Wodonga area as hit with a lo­calised storm that re­sulted in roughly 400 re­quests for as­sis­tance and the Tatura SES unit was there to lend a hand.

‘‘Once the mag­ni­tude of the dam­age was re­alised, VICSES’ north-east head- quar­ters put out a call to sur­round­ing units for as­sis­tance,’’ a Tatura Unit spokesper­son said.

They said af­ter Tatura re­ceived the call at 11.30 pm on Mon­day night, the unit jumped into ac­tion.

‘‘Tatura supplied two mem­bers, a four-wheel drive and our storm-dam­age trailer filled with chain­saws,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘These mem­bers took safety work­ing at heights, storm and water dam­age, chain­saw, and crew lead­ing skills with them.’’

The unit spokesper­son said SES was there to sup­port the en­tire statewide or­ange com­mu­nity.

‘‘We find it im­por­tant to help our brothers and sis­ters in or­ange from other units,’’ they said.

‘‘We are here for the com­mu­nity; that may not nec­es­sar­ily al­waysmean our com­mu­nity, but the whole com­mu­nity of Vic­to­ria.

‘‘They have also never he­si­tated to help us when our area was hit by sim­i­lar storms and floods not too long ago.’’

They urged com­mu­nity mem­bers to head along to the unit’s reg­u­larmeet­ings if they would like to join up.

‘‘If you can see your­self in or­ange, come down and have a chat with us on Mon­day nights from 7 pm at 52 Martin St, Tatura.

‘‘If you need storm or flood as­sis­tance phone 132 500; if there is a threat to life al­ways phone 000.’’

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