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rather nasty storm hits canberra

By Thumper - 5 December 2005 22

As many of you would know, JB excepted, canberra was hit with a rather large storm on friday [As reported in the Canberra Times]. Damage estimates are in the tens of millions of dollars and a man sadly lost his life when a tree fell on him at the height of the storm.

Anyone driving around would have noticed the masses of snapped or fallen trees and the fact that Fyshwick got nailed.

Emergency crews have been working non stop since Friday afternoon to clean up the damage and as such one must give huge credit to the SES and RFS volunteers as well as ESA and everyone else involved.

Top effort guys.

The clean up is still continuing today and will possibly go on well into the week. For those who still may need SES assistance, the number is available on the Canberraconnect website.

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22 Responses to
rather nasty storm hits canberra
seepi 5:46 pm 05 Dec 05

Well this is the ultimate storm in a tea cup. I didn’t think Sam wrote those words – they we3ren’t on his website. I think exhausted SES people feeling under-appreciated simply read something between the lines that didn’t exist.
I haven’t heard of anyone not appreciating the SES. And I think Sam has been quite restrained too – if a tree fell on my house I’d be after a bit of sympathy!

Puggy Pearson 5:20 pm 05 Dec 05

Whilst its great that the SES exists and does the work they do, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of whingeing similiar to this “I didn’t see you out there Friday night, saturday, saturday night, sunday, Sunday night, and i’m guessing that you’re not out there today, which many crews are.

And this was at 11.30 at night? I’m sure they would have rathered been down the pub than fixing people’s houses. They are, after all, volunteers and had just worked a full days work”

That appears. I mean if you don’t like doing it then surely you can ‘un-volunteer’ yourself. Just do it and stop complaining, God knows the SES has received enough hand-holding and medals in the last few years

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 4:31 pm 05 Dec 05

Mael, point taken, although I must say that when I read loadedog’s article it didn’t sound like something I would write. Not to worry, hope you get some good & well deserved rest.

Cameron 4:30 pm 05 Dec 05

I must admit that I myself didn’t get the impression that the article had been written/submitted by SGS – but I may be in the minority in that regard.

ssanta 4:26 pm 05 Dec 05

Sorry Sam. After a few sleepless nights, I shall endavour to keep my forked tounge in my outh.

Maelinar 4:22 pm 05 Dec 05

SGS, Orange is the colour of SES. To talk about SES and have pictures of people in orange leads to confusion.

You may wish to talk to loadeddog yourself as his dialogue leads the reader to believe that you are the author of the piece.

Perhaps it’s mere formatting, but that’s the impression that 3 members of this site have come away with.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 3:55 pm 05 Dec 05

Oh, and I now retract “Once I have my pictures of the event and the removal of the tree online I’ll be sure to let you all know (and maybe submit some to “Images Of Canberra”).”

Mael, Thumper, I’m sure you had a tough weekend, and I am sure all of Canberra (myself included) is very thankful for your efforts, but don’t yell at me for comments which I clearly didn’t write.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 3:52 pm 05 Dec 05

No, they are not my words, and the people in Loadedog’s photo aren’t even SES.

I don’t know how any of you got the impression that I didn’t appreciate the work being done by the SES, these people are heroes who in my view really should get paid.

For the record, a tree surgeon removed the tree the next morning, allowing SES crews to attend to other matters. What you see in the photos was only about half of the tree, the rest of it broke up and scattered across the roof and the other side of the house.

Also for the record, it was actually the fire brigade, who were already in the area, who attended and then signed the job over to the landlord’s contractor, Spotless Services or something to that effect.

I was actually very surprised that anybody turned up that night, but was thankful that they did.

If you don’t like Loadedog’s article, tell him, not me, I didn’t write it and I don’t see why I should have to be abused for his comments.

Thumper 2:16 pm 05 Dec 05

Just a disclaimer on one thing mael stated, we do in fact attempt to help everyone, but in a case such as last weekend there are priorities.

Some are low prioroty, and some are high. Ie, safe but annoying, and on the other hand, possibly life threatening.

With 450 odd calls, or maybe more, high priority jobs take precedent. Sometimes the general public don’t understand this although, as SES, we will endevour to come back at a later stage to see what we can do.

ssanta 1:59 pm 05 Dec 05

Maelinar, Thumper et al,

Fuck him. Imagine him using a chainsaw. More comedy than the goodies after mushrooms.

Slinky the Shocker 1:51 pm 05 Dec 05

Ah, Sam was another victim. The front page dude on the roof of his Flynn house is my boss.

Maelinar 1:50 pm 05 Dec 05

SGS, their discussion regarding the use of the chainsaw, whilst going completely over the top of your head, was actually very important.

Remember the keyword – Volunteer.

The tree which fell on your abode, did that because of an act of nature. A volunteer chainsaw operator bringing down a wall of your house with an unrestrained log of wood, is very, very liable to pay you a lot of money in damages, regardless of his volunteer status.

So while it may just be a simple conclusion that they were just standing around discussing the merits of using a chainsaw, they were also considering a risk assessment of any actions that they were about to do, of which they are completely liable ?

In addition, after working a full day from 07:30 on Friday morning, and then being called out, and not getting home until 02:30 on Saturday morning, I was moving pretty slowly.

Given that I was also out from 08:00 through to 16:30 on Saturday, I was going pretty slowly on my 3 and a half hours sleep, not to mention my fatigue from moving lots and lots of wood, climbing up and down slippery roofs, and negotiating with hysterical homeowners who were worried about their twig of a tree when we’re trying to save a house that’s had half of it’s roof cave in and a wall crushed.

To be honest, you’re lucky they didn’t just say pull your head in, which is what we had to do in some cases, when people wanted us to remove a tree that was butting up against their house but hadn’t done any damage to the property at all, and they still had vehicle access.

They got told in no certain terms that a call to the tree doctor would get them a lot further, as the SES aren’t there to do beautification work or gardening.

BTW, Thumper and I are in the same SES shed, which is incorporated, so we wouldn’t have had the same problem with bringing down your house with the tree, for you are quite welcome to sue us for our asset.

I belive the last time I checked it was a wooden table and a filing cabinet, we’ll drink all the softies before your legal action gets through.

Thumper 12:47 pm 05 Dec 05

Samuel,

are they your words on the loadeddog site?

so a tree fell on your house did it. From the photo it is a pissy little tree that wouldn’t have caused much damage and given the amount of real damage done to other houses, you’re lucky someone even attended.

If the comments are yours, don’t moan and bitch about them ‘discussing the merits of a chain saw’.

I didn’t see you out there Friday night, saturday, saturday night, sunday, Sunday night, and i’m guessing that you’re not out there today, which many crews are.

And this was at 11.30 at night? I’m sure they would have rathered been down the pub than fixing people’s houses. They are, after all, volunteers and had just worked a full days work.

ssanta 12:30 pm 05 Dec 05

Sammy seems to be coming more popular than kiddy pron on the internet.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 10:56 am 05 Dec 05

Loadedog reported on the tree that hit my roof in the storm, thankfully the tree was rotten and soft and only damaged the roof.

Once I have my pictures of the event and the removal of the tree online I’ll be sure to let you all know (and maybe submit some to “Images Of Canberra”).

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