Storm ravages

Hail blanketed the Inner West causing flash flooding and roofs in some homes to collapse.

Story appeared in: Torch | September 12th, 2018

A SEVERE storm lashed the Inner West on Friday evening causing flash flooding, transport delays and damaged houses, blanketing lawns and roads in a thick layer of hail in some suburbs.
In the hour from 5.20pm, more than 50mm of rain fell in some parts of the Inner West. Canterbury, Campsie, Earlwood and Croydon Park received a drenching, with the usual trouble spots around Bexley Road inundated by floodwaters.
The storm caused chaos for the transport system, with train services delayed on the Bankstown and Airport lines after lightning strikes damaged equipment, while Campsie.
Canterbury SES had 38 calls for assistance, including five rescues from vehicles caught in floodwaters on Bexley Road.
Canterbury SES controller Lenore Nelson said suburbs like Canterbury, Campsie and Croydon Park, copped the full brunt of the storm in the Inner West.
"We had three crews out from about 6pm on Friday to about 1am on Saturday, mainly assisting residents with ceiling collapses as a result of hail blocking gutters," she said.
Mrs Nelson said volunteers were mopping up and assisting with storm damage from 8am to 5pm the following day.
With October the beginning of storm season, Mrs Nelson warned residents to prepare.
"Motorists should never drive or walk through floodwaters, make sure their home gutters are cleaned out and prepare the yard by securing loose items in case of heavy winds," she said.

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