Savage storms hit Capella

THE storm season struck Capella with unexpected force when two major storms created chaos for businesses and residents this week.

On Monday afternoon a storm dumped 40mm of rain and caused some tree and wind damage. On Tuesday another one brought 60-100mm, leaving much more damage in its wake.

Central Highlands Regional Council area executive manager north Bob O'Brien said the town was on clean-up duties when the second storm hit.

“Being the first storm of the season as well, to get two huge ones or two savage ones is quite extreme,” he said.

“It all started with Monday's storm, which was quite innocuous, I suppose, but you could see that it was going to be wild with the heat.

“We got some significant tree damage which wasn't really an issue. The biggest damage was the pool; we lost all the shade sails.

“With all the debris, all the boys were cleaning up,” he said.

When the second storm arrived “it kept raining and kept raining”.

“It was really heavy rain. It really came down with hail as well, and there was hail in Monday's (storm).”

Mr O'Brien said the Capella Golf Club, Aquatic Centre, Bridgeman Park and Peak Downs Community Hall all had significant damage, with some businesses on the main street flooding during Tuesday's downpour.

“Because all that debris was on the ground all the grates from all the drains, they just clogged up,” Mr O'Brien said.



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