SES renews calls to prepare for bad weather

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
State Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight.
Camera IconState Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

The State Emergency Service has renewed calls for homeowners to be prepared as it claims call outs in Bunbury overnight could have been avoided.

Volunteers are this morning working to repair the roof of a house on Haig Crescent as strong winds continue to batter the South West coast.

State Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight.
Camera IconState Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Panels of the house’s tin roof have been ripped off by strong winds overnight.

The call out was the Bunbury crew’s second for the night after a TV antenna at a separate home was torn from a roof.

Bunbury SES manager Chris Widmer said several call outs already this winter, including overnight, could have easily been avoided if homeowners were prepared.

State Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight.
Camera IconState Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

“The vast majority we go to are preventable,” Mr Widmer said.

Wind reached speeds of up to 41kmh in Bunbury overnight while the strongest gusts were recorded at 65kmh.

There is a chance of a thunderstorm in Bunbury later this afternoon with gusty winds, possible hail and up to 15mm of rain forecast.

A SES volunteer uses a building nearby as an anchor.
Camera IconA SES volunteer uses a building nearby as an anchor. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
State Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight.
Camera IconState Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
State Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight.
Camera IconState Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times
State Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight.
Camera IconState Emergency Service crews are working to fix a roof which was damaged in strong winds across Bunbury overnight. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

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