Myrtleford lucky to escape damage
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.