Storm smashes Cleve area

A STORM that hit the Cleve district on Thursday night with damaging wind gusts of 106 kilometres an hour, brought down trees, smashed windows, flattened sheds and destroyed infrastructure.

Wind speeds peaked at 61kmh with gusts up to 106kmh. 

Cleve Sporting Bodies Complex suffered the worst damage after its roof was ripped off by the winds, causing significant structural damage.

“The club has extensive water damage upstairs and downstairs with extensive structural damage, we will be cordoning the area off until emergency repairs including a false wall occur,” Cleve Sporting Bodies president Kelly Richardson said.

 “This site is now really unsafe and we need people to stay away.”

A working bee was held on Sunday for a clean up of the oval, courts and building. 

The Cleve District Council was quick to respond sending work crews to remove trees from roads around the district that night and picked up sizeable debris in the morning.

The council’s chief executive officer Peter Arnold was pleased no public infrastructure was damaged.

“Our crews went out (on Thursday) night and again (on Friday) to clear roads and were pleased that no public infrastructure was damaged,” he said. 

Local business Brumfield Electronics had a front window smashed and glass blew into the store.

“There was glass everywhere,” Justin Brumfield said.

“We were here in the storm picking it up out of stock and off the street.”

South Terrace resident Phillip Turner was “horrified” one of his trees had fallen over and ruined parts of his garden. 

“My Aunt Iris gave me that tree and now it has fallen down and broken pots, statues and wrecked my garden,” Mr Turner said. 

State Emergency Service unit manager Chris Tarran said the Cleve unit was kept busy with four official call outs.

“People around here can usually take care of things themselves and we had four call outs to assist,” Mr Tarran said.

“I have spoken with people with non-serious situations and helped them sort out options.”  

Mr Tarran reminded people to call 000 if it was a life threatening event and call 132500 when SES were required to assist.

DAY AFTER: In the light of day damage to Cleve Sporting Bodies is clearly visible

DAY AFTER: In the light of day damage to Cleve Sporting Bodies is clearly visible