Hamersley Habitat Garden ravaged by tornado

The mini tornado smashed through the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden
Tuesday's mini tornado left a trail of damage at the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden
The mini tornado smashed through the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden Tuesday's mini tornado left a trail of damage at the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden

THE Hamersley Habitat Community Garden was ravaged by a small tornado, only two weeks after reticulation was installed and tree planting workshops were held.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said the tornado lasted about 10 minutes and moved through the suburbs of Sorrento, Duncraig, Warwick, Hamersley and Balga about 11.10am on Monday.

Hamersley Habitiat co-ordinator Donelle Wilson said the garden and pergola were “devastated” by the storm, but she was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and support.

“We’ve had so many people offer to help with the clean up and to rebuild but the area has been evacuated because it isn’t safe; all the power poles are down” she said.

“I need to make sure it is safe first. At the moment you can’t even get into the street because Western Power are here trying to fix the powerlines.

“The saddest thing is we recently got a grant and we’ve just had the school kids come out and plant a couple of hundred plants in the exact spot and spent nearly $2000 on reticulation.”

Mrs Wilson said her house was also ravaged by the tornado.

“The SES have been wonderful, they were up on my roof in the pouring rain, sand bagging and trying to make things safe,” she said.

“Police, Fire and Rescue – they are wonderful.

“I was here on my own and thinking: oh my goodness there are live wires on the ground and they kept talking to me through it; they were here most of the night.”

Mrs Wilson said the garden was not insured but she was working on a plan to clean up and repair.

According to the BoM, tornadoes can occur two to three times each winter in the metropolitan area.

The weather lashed the central business district about 11.20am, with thunder, rain and wind battering the city.

Between 9am and 1pm, Perth recorded 12.8mm of rain, bringing the city past the long-term average for July for the first time 2008.