Wild winds lash the region

Nimmitabel Anglican Church lost part of its roof on Thursday afternoon as strong winds tore through the town.

Nimmitabel Anglican Church lost part of its roof on Thursday afternoon as strong winds tore through the town.

THE recent spate of wild weather has kept local emergency crews busy, recieving a number of calls for assistance as gale force winds lashed the Monaro.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers responded to eight incidents in Cooma, while the Nimmitabel Anglican Church lost part of their roof during Thursday afternoon's winds.

Unit Controller of Nimmitabel SES Chris McGregor says the unit arrived at the church to find half of the northern facing roof had been lifted off its foundations.

"It is expected builders will have the roof repaired throughout the week," Ms McGregor said.

"We were able to internally tarp the church so the furniture could be protected."

Her unit was also tasked to clear trees at Adaminaby and along Kybeyan Road.

Nimmitabel resident Richard Lawson said the church received only minor damage in the strong winds.

"There's very little damage considering the strength of the winds we experienced," Mr Lawson said.

"It could've been far, far worse."

Cooma SES Unit Controller Brendan O'Grady said the last few days have been a busy time for the men and women in orange as they provided assistance to a number of properties.

"There were eight call outs over the weekend with trees falling down and sheds being blown away.

"A Kiah Avenue house suffered damage to its roof when a tree fell on top of it."

On Thursday, July 31, wind gusts caused havoc as speeds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour were recorded at a number of locations across the Snowy Mountains.

Thredbo Top Station recorded gusts as strong as 150 km/h throughout the afternoon, with Cooma clocking 98km/h just after midday on Thursday and Perisher reached 100km/h on Wednesday afternoon.

A Jindabyne apartment bore the brunt of the ferocious winds, suffering internal damage after its windows were smashed.

Such was strength of the winds, a swell whipped up on Lake Jindabyne prompting a few hearty souls to have a surf on the lake.

Following the raging winds, temperatures fell quite dramatically with Cooma registering minus nine degrees celsius Monday and Sunday mornings.

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