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Media Release

Emergency services assist after Karratha hit by destructive tornado
Tuesday 22 February 2011 – 2:20 PM

FESAs State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have worked quickly to help people in Karratha after a destructive tornado caused damage to 38 homes as well as numerous cars, buildings and a school.

 

Yesterday, Karratha SES were busy making temporary repairs to homes, attending to roof damage, clearing debris, sandbagging and helping people to relocate before the advent of a RED ALERT due to Tropical Cyclone Carlos.

 

They were assisted by 15 volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and supported by Defence personnel and Shire of Roebourne staff.

 

Residents in Padbury Way and Wellard Way were worst hit by the tornado, with 21 houses damaged in Padbury Way and 16 houses damaged in Wellard Way. A house in Gregory Way was also affected.

 

Of the 38 homes that were affected, 22 sustained significant damage and 15 had varying degrees of roof, window and patio damage. Many car windows were also blown in.

 

At least nine commercial properties including the Mercure-All Seasons Hotel, Woolworths and Karratha Vet building have sustained significant damage.

 

Large pieces of debris remain in the area as heavy machinery will be required to clear these items.

 

SES volunteers from Roebourne, Karratha, Onslow, Port Hedland and Exmouth continue to monitor the area and prepare for possible impact or deployment.

 

If people affected have concerns regarding their insurance coverage they can contact the Insurance Council of Australia on 1300 728 228. This number is not to be used for claims.

 

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

                     People needing SES assistance can call 132 500

                     In a life threatening situation call 000

 

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