The Hills’ wild storm

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News - Story by Bev Jor­dan Pho­tos by SES FB

The Hills SES logged more than 900 calls for as­sis­tance fol­low­ing Satur­day’s wild storm.

Most re­lated to trees down and prop­erty dam­age in the Baulkham Hills, Cas­tle Hill and West Pen­nant Hills ar­eas.

As well as the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice crews, The Hills SES was sup­ported by NSW SES Crews from ar­eas as far away as Yass, Bathurst and Tam­bar Springs. The SES is ask­ing peo­ple who no longer need as­sis­tance to call132 500 to let them know.

Hills Shire Mayor Michele Byrne con­grat­u­lated ev­ery­one in­volved n the clean up. “A num­ber of our key com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing Waves Fit­ness and Aquatic Cen­tre and oth­ers, were im­pacted and I un­der­stand that many staff and vol­un­teers from these venues worked hard to get them up and run­ning as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

“A big thank you to those res­i­dents who helped to clear lo­cal roads and foot­paths of de­bris – we truly ap­pre­ci­ate your ef­forts to keep our neigh­bour­hoods safe and tidy.

“We are so for­tu­nate to live in a com­mu­nity that is quick to band to­gether and help each other out in chal­leng­ing times, and on be­half of ev­ery­one at The Hills Shire Coun­cil, I would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for their help and sup­port.”

A Face­book post stated: “Our tire­less vol­un­teers have been work­ing day and night to sup­port the on­go­ing op­er­a­tion, both out in the field and in our In­ci­dent Man­age­ment Team. We'd also like to ac­knowl­edge the sup­port of all other emer­gency ser­vices for their as­sis­tance.”

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