A rare super storm struck Perth on Sunday 24th May. The storm, described as a “once in a decade” wreaked havoc on parts of Western Australia including Perth, leaving thousands of homes without power and reports of widespread property damage. Large trees and branches could be found scattered all over the roads and paths throughout the network adding to the blowing debris.
Our Perth Metropolitan Network road maintenance crews were out in full force responding swiftly to all incidents that occurred during the storm. Thanks to some early preparation by our supervisors and crew members, effects of the storm were mitigated through early drainage clearing to minimise flooding, pruning of overhanging trees, debris clean up and ensuring enough staff were available during the weekend.
Maintenance crews worked hard through the night and throughout Sunday and Monday to repair the damage caused by the storm. There were over 17 attendances to trees and branches blocking carriageways across the entire network, 2 snapped large guide signs and numerous small signs, damage to wire rope that were made safe, countless debris removed from road and paths and only one flooding attendance due to the maintenance preparation ahead of storm.
Main Roads WA were among the many praising our crews for the quick response.
"Please pass on Peter's and my thanks to all involved and let them know that their effort is appreciated" - John McLernon & Peter Sewell, Main Roads WA
DM Roads would like to thank all of the Perth Metropolitan Network road maintenance crews for their efforts put forth over the tough weekend.