From fires to flooding rains, what a difference a month makes.

Dural RFS crews have been busy in February assisting the SES and other emergency services clean up after the succession of torrential rain and thunderstorms. The combination of strong winds and over 400mm of rain in four days was too much for many drought-stressed trees and on Sunday 9th February they turned their heels up in spectacular fashion, damaging properties and cars, downing powerlines and blocking roads across the region.

Dural’s two trucks were part of the Hornsby district response teams attending to incidents from Berowra to Epping.

We concentrated on the western side of Galston Gorge and spent Sunday and Monday clearing trees from roads and driveways often in knee deep floodwaters (the chainsaws needed a snorkel). Trees had brought down many of the high voltage transmission lines around Galston and Dural, sometimes in an explosive fashion, causing widespread blackouts. As many of the trees were uprooted by the winds they caused damage underground as well as above it. Trees ruptured a gas main in Pennant Hills and a water main in Galston (as if there wasn’t enough water already).

Dural crews were deployed again on Wednesday 19thfollowing the massive thunderstorm which brought down more trees on Tuesday night leaving many homes and businesses without power, most had only just had their electricity reconnected following the Sunday storms. Mother Nature has not been playing nice this month.Storm Safety Reminder:

• Stay at least 8m clear of fallen powerlines;

• Don’t drive through floodwaters;

• Turn on your headlights;

• Slow down; and

• Leave additional stopping distance for your safety (and ours!)

Thank You to My Sisters Keeper for Our Valentines Day Present

Thank you to Ophelia Haragli and everyone who supported her fundraising effort via the My Sisters Keeper Facebook page.

We were very grateful to receive the new respiratory protection masks for our brigade.