Stanthorpe SES volunteers removed a fallen tree from a driveway on Monday, after rain and winds hit the region.
Stanthorpe SES volunteers removed a fallen tree from a driveway on Monday, after rain and winds hit the region. contributed

Close call as storm hits town

A STANTHORPE resident had a close call after recent storms.

Stanthorpe SES Local Controller Michael Bell said crews were called to assist local residents after a storm-ravaged tree fell across their driveway on Monday.

"The tree also took down local power lines, which had to be rendered safe before the SES could provide access to the residence,” Mr Bell said. Mr Bell said a resident was standing close to the tree when it fell, but they were unharmed.

"It was a close call, from their perspective,” he said.

He said SES crews worked quickly to clear access to the property.

With more rain and wind predicted for coming days, Mr Bell urged residents to take care and be aware heavy rain, combined with winds, made falling trees more likely.

Meanwhile, Ergon Energy has urged motorists to err on the side of caution when there's an incident involving electrical infrastructure.

Ergon Energy's executive general manager of customer service Paul Jordon said that while the priority must always be to prevent accidents, it was also important for motorists to understand what to do if a crash involved power poles, stay wires or pillar boxes.

"The main danger arises when the impact of a vehicle on a pole or other equipment supporting the network results in a power line falling on to or near the vehicle,” he said.

"It is essential... to assume the line is live and therefore the vehicle also may be live and carrying the same voltage as the line.

For emergency SES assistance phone 132500.

Stanthorpe Border Post


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