Myrtle­ford lucky to es­cape dam­age

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­[email protected] ne­me­

A MI­NOR earth­quake felt in the early hours of Thurs­day De­cem­ber 13, topped off a sig­nif­i­cant storm in Myrtle­ford, how­ever no dam­age to the town has been done.

The tremor, that did not cause any dam­age struck at 1.47am and lasted for less than a sec­ond.

The quake mea­sured 2.5 on the Richter Scale and was de­tected in be­tween Glen Creek and Bru­arong.

A sec­ond earth­quake “South of Yackan­dan­dah” was also reg­is­tered on Fri­day De­cem­ber 14 at 2.47pm.

Myrtle­ford SES Unit Con­trol- ler, Ner­alle Keesing, said she be­lieved Myrtle­ford had “got lucky” through­out the sig­nif­i­cant storm.

“We weren’t too bad we had a few call outs but noth­ing re­ally dras­tic, the big­gest thing we did was as­sist at Ever­ton- apart from that it was just a few trees down and mi­nor calls,” she said.

“This was very dif­fer­ent to most of the floods and events we have had in the past, the ar­eas you would ex­pect to re­spond too were not part of it.

“The clo­sure of the bridge by the pool for us is pretty stan­dard, and I be­lieve that was the only road in town blocked off.”

Ms Keesing said she be­lieved past floods meant lo­cals were ad­e­quately pre­pared for the down­pour.

“We had no is­sues with the com­mu­nity and I think ev­ery­one was used to how to han­dle the flood­ing con­di­tions and made prepa­ra­tions where they felt they needed too,” she added.

“We lit­er­ally only had two or three re­quests for sand­bags.”

The SES was only re­quired to clear four fallen trees as a re­sult of the storm.

“I think we were ex­tremely lucky that there wasn’t a lot more dam­age, con­sid­er­ing the storm we had it is sur­pris­ing.”

Ms Keesing added that she was de­lighted with the re­sponse from SES mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly to Ever­ton which is on the bor­der of the Myrtle­ford Unit’s re­sponse area.

“And of course as al­ways if any­one else is in­ter­ested in join­ing we would be happy to have them,” she added.

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