THE strong winds experienced in some parts of our shire on the evening of Tuesday May 5 and in the early hours of the following morning resulted in South Gippsland Shire Council crews and the SES receiving a lesser number of callouts than may have been expected.
It is believed that this was due to the lack of heavy rainfall prior to the spell of windy weather. Accompanied by wind, trees which have a less structurally sound root system may lose their grip during or after heavy rainfall.
The local SES did not receive any callouts to attend private properties, however Shire crews received eight callouts in the north of the shire earlier on, and by late Wednesday had received seven from the south of the shire for the removal of trees which had fallen over the following roads: Fullers and Wonga Square Top roads, Foster; Silcocks Hill Road, Creamery Valley Road and Rathjens Road, Toora; School Road, Tarwin Lower and Buffalo North Road, Buffalo.
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