Natural disaster zones declared in NSW after wild winds leave trail of destruction

11-Jul-2011

Enviro Frontier and many of our team had been requested by our insurance clients and loss adjusters to attend the emergency tree works in the Blue Mountains. Our team worked thru the weekend clearing 30 meter plus trees from buildings and dismantling large trees that had been made dangerous by the winds.

Images of some of our team and what they had to deal with...

Dismantling a partially up rooted pine tree by carneOne of the large root balls we had to deal withSome of our truck and bob cat on site


Thousands will be left without power for a third chilly night tonight.

More than 11,500 houses in the Blue Mountains, southern highlands and south coast awoke today to freezing temperatures, 100km/h winds and no electricity.

The chaos followed a ferocious storm that battered the region on Tuesday night.

"It was like a jet was flying over the house and hovering: the whole house was just vibrating," Blackheath resident Susan Groves said.

The severe weather left areas such as Blackheath and Medlow Bath looking like a "war zone", Blue Mountains councillor Eleanor Gibbs said today.

"Every street you go down there are trees lying around and there are piles of debris everywhere," she said.

The NSW government has declared the Blue Mountains, Oberon, and the Shoalhaven and Wingecarribee shires natural disaster zones.

"The severe wind in these areas has significantly damaged buildings, parks, reserves and critical infrastructure," Police Minister Michael Gallacher said.

Commuters from the Blue Mountains continue to endure disruptions after falling trees crushed two train carriages on Tuesday night.

Services are expected to remain suspended between Katoomba and Lithgow until early next week.

At Sydney Airport, the east-west runway remained closed tonight, with 45-minute delays to international flights and up to one-hour delays for domestic services, an airport official said.

Although most residents will have their power restored by tomorrow night, an official from Endeavour Energy said some outlying regions would remain without power until the weekend.

The State Emergency Services has received 1700 calls for help since midday on Tuesday, most relating to fallen trees and roof damage.