Community spirit survives wild weather

For the fifth time in as many months the Hills are recovering from an episode of unseasonable storms.
Emergency crews have been stretched to capacity over recent months and Hills residents are tiring of the monotonous weather cycle that has at times seemed unrelenting.
While Hills residents can take some comfort in the fact that a full force disaster was averted – with the brunt of the storm systems worn by our neighbors to the north – local councils and home owners have still been left footing the unwelcome bills associated with the wild weather.
As tree after tree was felled by the pelting rain and strong winds and rising river levels threatened one property after another, local CFS and SES crews pushed through fatigue to keep our community as safe as possible.
But while it’s safe to say that these crews, together with the local community, are looking forward to a milder week ahead, the dark clouds did have something of a silver lining in our community.
Emergencies have a habit of bringing out the best in people – something that the community of Mt Torrens witnessed first-hand when their tired crews were stretched beyond capacity.
In the midst of last week’s power outages, one Mt Torrens resident came face to face with a very practical need when she visited the local CFS station and noticed the volunteers, most aged over 60, had no time to fill the sandbags that were in high demand across the region.
Spurred into action, the small community rallied together and filled almost 300 sandbags for the exhausted crews.
The story was common across the Hills with local business owners keeping emergency crews fed, while our interstate towns sent SES reinforcements to help clean up the region and relieve tired SA crews.
There probably isn’t a Hills resident who isn’t hoping we’ve seen the last of the storms for 2016.
But even if there are more to come,  it’s good to see the wild weather hasn’t dampened the community spirit that is such a vital part of living in the Hills.