State Emergency Service volunteers have had a busy few days dealing with storm damage.
The Hills SES unit received: 73 calls in the days between 18th February and 22nd February. The most impacted area during the storm was Castle Hill with 20 call-outs followed by Baulkham Hills (11), Glenhaven (8) and West Pennant Hills (6.)
Most calls related to tree down or roof damages.
So far this year, volunteers from The Hills SES have been called to 116 incidents.
The overall message Is: “Much of this damage is preventable so we’re asking people to prepare their homes and businesses for the storm season.
“Our members volunteer their time to assist the community during times of need, and we have had teams out working throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning when needed.
“Some simple things you can do now to get ready for the storm season include trimming trees, cleaning gutters and downpipes and securing loose items around the yard or balcony.
“ The official storm season runs from October to March but storms can happen at any time of the year so it’s important people are always prepared for severe weather.
For emergency help in storms and floods call the NSW SES on 132 500. Dial Triple Zero (000) in life threatening situations. More storm safety tips are available at: www.ses.nsw.gov.au