ON a wild and windy Wednesday last week Foster Primary School had no power from 12:15pm when a tree took down power lines.
It soon became obvious that the police, fire brigade and power company were not going to have it cleared before school ended for the day.
The school had the very difficult task of contacting parents to organise for them to collect their children from the Foster Showgrounds.
Locally many people and businesses were without power including Gecko Studio Gallery and Cafe and the Fish Creek General Store.
Carolyn Fryer from the General Store said she decided to close early as nothing was working. Kath O’Neill who works at Gecko Gallery was working at home that day making jewellery. She said the power cut was a nightmare as it’s not good for her equipment.
The South Gippsland Golf Classic in Welshpool had to be called off for the day as did the races at Stony Creek
Council received 70 requests for trees over roads. The first request was attended to at 5.45am which continued through to 9.00pm Wenesday night.
Most trees were sorted with chainsaws. There were quite a few large ones.
Ross West was the Duty Officer for the SES that day and he said the main problems were trees across roads and one elderly gentleman was unable to leave his home until a tree was cleared from his driveway.