Mayor praises storm heroes

Steve Russell thanks council and SES workers

Hornsby Shire Mayor Steve Russell has thanked the Council and SES workers who were exemplary in their response to this week’s once-in-a-decade storm.

“A storm like that creates significant risks here in the Bushland Shire and I cannot praise them highly enough for their speedy and selfless response,” Mayor Russell said.

“Council staff responded to more than 100 trees that were brought down by almost cyclonic winds and they deserve the gratitude of the entire Shire.

“The State Emergency Service and Ausgrid also deserve significant thanks for their efforts in clearing trees and restoring power when it was disrupted.

“While the rest of us did everything possible to stay out of the weather, and many people even stayed home just to avoid the roads, these brave workers were out in the thick of it.

“They were soaked by the rain, had to fight the wind at every step and faced the very real danger of being hit by the falling branches and trees.”

Some of the trees struck houses, though fortunately none seemed to cause irreparable damage and there were no reports of injury.

“As Council and the SES proved during the Hornado, natural disasters bring out the best in our community and reveal the true dedication of those who serve that community,” Mayor Russell said.

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