The Port Macquarie SES task force team have returned after four days assisting Lord Howe Island's local State Emergency Service unit clean up damage after ex-tropical cyclone Uesi.
Most of the damage was caused from fallen trees and debris which blocked roads and access to many homes on the island.
Wind gusts in excess of 155km/h were recorded during the storm.
The velocity of the wind also caused tree branches to spear into the roofs or sides of homes, with one branch spearing through three different rooms in one house. A large Norfolk Pine also fell onto an unoccupied house crushing the roof completely.
Overall there were 65 requests for assistance on an island with less than 400 permanent residents.
Five volunteer members of the Port Macquarie-Hastings SES Unit and four NSW Fire & Rescue personnel were deployed to provide additional resources and support in the clean-up efforts.
Tony Day, NSW SES Division Commander for the Mid North Coast, said support from the mainland is part of the Emergency Management Plan.
"This was enacted seamlessly to ensure a timely response. The NSW SES is committed to saving lives and protecting communities," Mr Day said.
When the Port Macquarie SES team arrived on the island their first task was to assess the damage, prioritise jobs and determine if any jobs needed to be referred to specialist arborists.
Locals spontaneously volunteered and helped guide members from the Port Macquarie SES and NSW Fire and Rescue teams around the island to show them the affected properties and help assess the impact of the damage.
When asked to sum up his experience Alfred Portenschlager from the Port Macquarie SES said, "It is a great feeling to help a community in need. The local 'islanders' of Lord Howe Island were such warm and welcoming people. We were happy to be able to help make things a little bit safer for them again."
The SES team of qualified stormwater damage specialists also had working at heights, general land rescue and vertical rescue qualifications.
Katie Blake who was part of the SES task force said they were fully equipped to support the response operations on the island and support the local Lord Howe Island SES Unit.
"It was great experience with some challenging and interesting jobs. Lord Howe Island is such a beautiful place to be deployed and it was great to help the Island to get back to business as usual," she said.
Kevin Sherwood, Port Macquarie SES Task Force Team Leader, said all 65 jobs were completed in four days.
"I am proud of how well we worked together with the local SES unit and Lord Howe Island Board to share resources and utilise our skilled operators to help in the recovery process."
After completing all their jobs, the Task Force Teams were invited to attend and participate in the Lord Howe Island 'Discovery Day' festivities on Monday, February 17.
The event celebrates the Island's history and discovery in 1788 and the community celebrate by holding an annual sports night.
The combined Lord Howe Island and Port Macquarie SES team had a great time competing and took out first prize in the tunnel ball and tug-o-war competitions.
Leonie Stevenson from Port Macquarie SES said it was a fun-filled night and great to see so many now familiar faces, coming together to celebrate less than a week after Uesi passed over the Island.
"It was a privilege to assist the Lord Howe Island Community in their time of need and an honour to work with such a positive-spirited community."