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Media Release

SES responds as storm hits Great Southern
Tuesday 9 February 2010 – 6:20 PM

FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) has answered nearly 40 calls for help after a widespread storm hit the Great Southern this afternoon.

 

Most damage has been reported inland near Dumbleyung and Gnowangerup. This includes damage to homes and roofs, fallen trees and debris over roads.

 

If the storm has caused damage to your home that you can’t fix yourself call the SES on 132 500, but please be patient because there are many people who need their help.

 

An Incident Management Team has been set up in Dumbleyung where SES volunteers are being supported by volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters.

 

They are also working closely with WA Police and council workers to ensure people are safe. The extent of damage will be assessed at first light tomorrow morning.

 

If the storm has passed the SES advises you to:

  • Keep children away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways
  • Keep away from fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live
  • Be careful of fallen trees and damaged buildings
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage
  • Check on friends and neighbours to see if they need help

If driving, take extra care on the roads:

·      Slow down and keep a safe distance from other drivers

·      If it is raining heavily and you cannot see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears

·      Take care in areas that have been flooded and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

·      Do not drive on gravel roads as surfaces will be slippery and muddy, and vehicles could become bogged

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

·      In a life threatening situation call 000

·      For information about road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138

·      To report downed power lines call Western Power on 13 13 51

·      For the latest weather information visit www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213

 

More information about what to do before, during or after a storm can be found at www.fesa.wa.gov.au  

 

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