SES and Western Power called out following wild weather

SES and Western Power called out following wild weather

THE winter weather came roaring back today with Rockingham and Mandurah both hit by strong winds and rain.

The State Emergency Services responded to 21 call outs around WA, the Mandurah Branch had just one call out to Dawesville.

Western Power Crews reported an increase in fault reports across the network and were kept busy throughout the day.

In Mandurah and Rockingham, there were a number of incidents caused by tree branches and debris being blown into power lines causing outages for small pockets of customers.

A spokesman said there was one significant outage shortly before 9am, that affected approximately 2300 customers, after power lines were brought down when a large vehicle hit a power pole on Read Road, Waikiki.

“Western Power Emergency Crews worked quickly to make the area safe for the community and restored customers back to network power,” he said.

Western Power Crews will continue to respond to outages when they arise and encourage anyone who sees a fallen power line to stay well clear and ‘make the safe call’ to us on 13 13 51.”

Mandurah SES manager Chris Stickland said Mandurah got “very lucky” today.

“People heeded our warnings and the storm front coming through during the day helps,” he said.

“We had plenty of people on standby.”

The Dawesville call out was due to a leaking roof.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Mandurah’s weather station recorded 0mm of rain, but Mr Stickland said we probably got around 12mm.

Rockingham recorded 6.2mm of rain.