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Mundaring SES members attend to a roof that was torn off a Mundaring home on Tuesday evening during the storm.

Hundreds of hills residents without power

FOR more than 24 hours residents around the Perth Hills waited on services to restore their power after the carnage caused by three days of destructive winds and heavy rain earlier this week.

From Tuesday evening through to Thursday morning, people in the hills and surrounds dealt with power outages, severe tree and water damage and even missing roofs as emergency services rushed to urgent callouts.

One Kalamunda resident who wished not to be named said she was most worried about her children as the family waited for the power to be restored to their home.

“Our children had swimming lessons at 2pm on Wednesday, my daughter’s hair was wet and couldn’t dry properly as it was cold in the house and we were not able to use the hair dryer or have the heater on,” she said.

“The booster switch that heats up the water is electric, so no bath, heating or heated up food for her.”

Some Mundaring residents were also without power between 3am and 2pm on Tuesday and Mundaring Library, Arena and Visitors Centre were closed on Tuesday before being reopened Wednesday morning.

Shire of Mundaring rubbish collection services were also delayed on Smeaton and Lacey Road in Parkerville and Thomas, Charles and O’Connor Road in Mahogany Creek due to fallen trees.

Perth Airport also made the call to delay outbound flights on Tuesday and were without power until midday Wednesday.

Mundaring SES unit manager Hendrik Raak said crews were working around the clock since 2am on Tuesday.

“It has been absolutely flat out, there were still 47 jobs outstanding as of 11am on Wednesday,” Mr Raak said.

“We have had some roofs blown off completely and quite a few trees landing on houses and cars.

“Generally, we tend to get spared up in the hills, but this time there seems to be quite a lot more damage up here and the storm being over a long period of time also makes it that much more difficult.”

By Morgan de Smidt 

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