There was extensive damage as a tree branch crash landed into an unoccupied, parked car on Kennedy Drive, Port Macquarie on January 5.
Shortly after 6.30pm the SES were called to the incident where the tree branch had also blocked some of the road.
With the help of bystanders the tree was promptly cleared and Michael Ward from the Port Macquarie SES unit said it was team work that got the job done.
“I attended scene to undertake a reconnaissance of the job to determine what resources (SES, Council, Essential Energy) were required to complete the job,” Mr Ward said.
“When I arrived I spoke to some of the neighbours that had called in the job as the residents were out of town.
“Given the location of the branch on the road and around a bend on a hill, I determined that something needed to be done as a priority to prevent a possible of accident.
“Generally, we will call the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to remove a tree on the road however given the number of neighbours that were willing to assist we completed the job immediately.”
He said it took approximately 30 minutes to remove the tree and it was expected the council would send a team to clean up the rest of branch and assess the tree later.
Essential Energy were also expected to send a crew to review the power to the affected property as one neighbour reported seeing some sparks when the branch came down.
“We had additional SES members on standby however they were not needed,” he said.
“There was some damage to the windscreen and we placed a tarp over the front of the car to prevent further damage especially with the forecast for rain over the remainder of the weekend.
“I used our chainsaw – battery operated so no noise – to trim the branches into suitable sizes and the neighbours moved them clear of the road and vehicle.
“A big thanks to all the neighbours that assisted with the removal. It is great to see the community spirit within Port Macquarie in action.”
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