Roofs take flight in storm

TWO storm fronts on Christmas Day across the North West in the afternoon and evening kept the State Emergency Service busy, with 27 callouts logged across the Namoi SES district alone.

A verandah collapsed in Quinn St, West Tamworth while, at Bundella, a farmhouse had its roof ripped off.

At 7.30pm, Namoi SES was called out to secure three sheets of corrugated iron which were flapping around on the roof of Manilla hospital.

“The roof lifted off and they actually had patients in the ward where it lifted off,” SES Namoi Region duty officer Col Howett said. 

One of the patinets was a stroke victim who could not be moved, so it had been imperative to fix the roof and clear the water from the sub-roof, he said.

In Beardy St, Armidale, a car sucked onto a flooded causeway - with no one inside - was pulled out by police and the SES at 9.30pm. 

A total of six jobs across the Tamworth SES region were logged on Christmas Day, including five jobs in Tamworth and one in Woolomin - all mostly trees down.

Trees were reported down in Gipps St, West Tamworth, as you can see from our photo.

SES Namoi Region duty officer Col Howett said they had dealt with 27 jobs - from Werris Creek to Armidale.

Calls had been fairly “scattered” across the region, which suggested the storms had not been too focused in one particular area, he said.

“The majority of damage was roof damage,” Mr Howett said.

“It was slow moving. There were actually two fronts coming through - one in the early afternoon and one late afternoon.”

There were four jobs in Armidale for fallen trees, while calls in Werris Creek related to roof damage and leaking roofs.

“On the whole, the majority was just leaking roofs,” Mr Howett said.

Rainfall for the 24 hours to 9am yesterday(DEC26) was: Armidale 30mm, Ben Lomond 22mm, Binnaway 11mm, Blackville 41mm, Coonabarabran 10mm, Gunnedah 18mm, Guyra 29mm, Gwabegar 8mm, Inverell 31mm, Moonbi 25mm, Narrabri 15mm, Old Koreelah 53mm, Quirindi 21mm, Tamworth 20mm, Walgett 5mm, Woolbrook 60mm.

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