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Tree crashes down on Tinana home

This tree fell on Steve Walker’s house on Iindah Rd, Tinana, hitting his bedroom.
This tree fell on Steve Walker’s house on Iindah Rd, Tinana, hitting his bedroom. Karleila Thomsen

STEVE Walker had a rude awakening yesterday morning, when the heavy storm brought a tree crashing down on his bedroom just after 6am.

"I was asleep in the room that it landed on," Mr Walker said.

"I woke up a few minutes before it fell, and I was laying there thinking, 'it's pretty windy', then I heard a bang."

The shocked Tinana man said he was lucky to escape without injury.

"The roof folded in where the tree landed - if it was a tile roof, the whole place would have collapsed," Mr Walker said.

The house, on Iindah Rd, also had several windows blown out by the force of the storm.

Dozens of other trees in Tinana, Maryborough and Granville also felt the wind's wrath, with gusts of up to 70kmh bringing down powerlines, sheds and fences.

Power was cut to 8000 homes from Curra to Maryborough, and a further 4000 in Hervey Bay.

Ergon Energy crews were still working at 5pm to restore supply to more than 1000 customers on the southern outskirts of Maryborough, including Tinana and Bidwill.

While most places were expected to have power restored by 8pm, about 150 homes in central Maryborough had their electricity disconnected to ensure public safety as the floodwater rose. They were not expected back on overnight.

Flash flooding also prevented crews from restoring power to about 530 homes around Bauple, and Glenwood. It may be restored today depending on weather conditions.

Maryborough SES controller Helen Scott said the service had received about 35 calls for help yesterday.

"It's mostly been requests for sandbags, removing trees and help for leaking roofs," Ms Scott said.

 

Topics:  ergon energy, floods, ses, storms, tinana, tree, weather


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