Meadow Springs storm damage: Mandurah SES kept busy as wild weather wallops suburb

Mandurah’s State Emergency Service was flooded with calls on Sunday night as a severe hailstorm battered Meadow Springs.

Crews attended 27 call-outs between the hours of 6.30pm to 12.30am as the suburb was pummeled with golf ball-sized hailstones, tending to caved in ceilings, a shattered shed roof, broken skylights and a flooded street.

The local unit called on assistance and vehicles from the Rockingham and Cockburn SES groups to help with the number of calls, which increased to more than 30 throughout Monday morning.

Mandurah SES member and unit media officer Bec Burns said it was one of the busiest springtime storms crews had tended to in recent years.

“It’s really unusual to get storms like this at this time of year, and [the hail] caught people off guard a little so it was a very busy night for us,” she said.

“There was a lot of damage to roofs that we couldn’t fix during the storm because the lightning being so low was a safety risk, but we sandbagged a lot of houses and propped up a lot of ceilings.

“We also had a few calls today because people might have been out overnight and came home to damaged property this morning.”

Members of Mandurah SES placing tarp over a broken shed roof this morning. Photo: Bec Burns/Mandurah SES unit media officer.

Members of Mandurah SES placing tarp over a broken shed roof this morning. Photo: Bec Burns/Mandurah SES unit media officer.

Crews also attended the Settlers Meadow Springs lifestyle village this morning, after hail broke through their skylights.

More than 20 of the calls were received within two hours of the storm, with SES teams set to be on standby throughout Monday night as a precaution.

Mandurah SES thanked the community for their understanding during the storm, with a number of residents postponing their calls to allow the unit to attend higher priority jobs.

If you’re in need of emergency assistance, call the SES on 132 500.

For emergency updates or to join the Mandurah SES, follow their Facebook page or visit mandurahses.org.au