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Bingara impacted by weekend storms

By Catherine Clifford, Kerrin Thomas & Jennifer Ingall, Monday November 19, 2012 - 09:43 EDT
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The State Emergency Service says wild weather across the region at the weekend caused minor damage.

SES crews in Bingara received seven callouts on Saturday night and the following morning.

Deputy Controller with the North West SES, Steve Basham, says the rain, wind, and hail did cause some problems.

"The hail shattered a lot of windows and perspex roofing materials," he said."

"The Bingara unit, supported by the Warialda crew, were at the aged home into the night laying tarpaulins to give those people some security."

No evacuations were required at Bingara's Touriandi Lodge.

But Director, Anne Withers, says the 27-bed facility, on Borah Road, sustained damage to skylights.

She says residents were largely unaware of the disruption, with staff at the aged care facility contacting tradesmen on Monday to effect repairs.

"We had some skylights broken and so we had a bit of water in the facility, [it was] minimal, but we'll have to look at repairing the skylights that were damaged in a couple of the ensuites," she said.

"[We also had] garden damage, but that's very easily repaired."

The Moree Weather Bureau says rainfall was heaviest on the Tablelands, with some very large isolated falls.

"'Gowen Brae' [30km north-east of Guyra] had 75mm, Mallanganee [80km east of Tenterfield], had 36mm, Guyra had 24mm, Drake had 22mm and Woolbrook had 14mm," he said.

"At the main centres, Tamworth had 21mm, Armidale 20mm, Glen Innes 25mm and Inverell 20mm."


© ABC 2012

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