Crop Damage

Complete devastation

• Utter devastation. Those are the only two words that could describe a destructive storm which saw crops wiped out, death and injury to stock, and homes rocked to their foundations north of Condobolin on 11 November. . Photographs by Jo Fisher.

By Melissa Blewitt

Utter devastation. Those are the only two words that could describe a destructive storm which saw crops wiped out, death and injury to stock, and homes rocked to their foundations north of Condobolin on 11 November.

Farmers and their families took shelter in their homes while a savage wind and monster hail stones hit the area with a ferocity, destroying most things in its path.

In one case over 100 crows were found dead on the ground. The CWLLS are gathering information on the extent of the damage from the freak storm.

Landholders in the area, are encouraging others that may have been affected by the storm, to record and report their losses, so that, perhaps a Natural Disaster Declaration can be lodged for the recent event.

As much information as possible is needed on whom and what may have been affected.

There needs to be evidence that the storm damage was not an isolated case.

If you have suffered loss in any way you are encouraged to report damage to LLS on 1300 795 299 or Property Loss Reporting forms may be emailed to emergency.centralwest@lls.nsw.gov.au

You can fill out a form, or talk to them over the phone providing a PIC number, damage to infrastructure and estimated cost, damage to stock and area of crop lost (no need to value the crop).

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