Levin fire crews deal with cyclone Lusi

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 17/03/2014

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While the worst of the former cyclone Lusi passed Palmerston North by, Levin's fire crews were out all night dealing with the effects of the wind.

Events started for the Levin volunteer fire brigade shortly before 8pm on Saturday, with a vehicle crash, but most of the night was spent dealing with weather-related calls, chief fire officer Lindsay Walker said.

Power lines arcing shortly before midnight left the town without power for about an hour, and the brigade spent time at various homes securing loose roofing iron.

About 12.40am on Sunday, officers helped tidy up a garden shed that blew over, and a short time later put the minds of an elderly couple who were concerned about strange noises out on the street, at ease.

Mr Walker said his wind gauge at home read winds of 50kmh at maximum, but he thought there might have been gusts higher than that.

MetService duty forecaster Rob Carr said wind gusts got up to 72kmh in Levin over Saturday night, and 69kmh in Palmerston North.

The fire service in Palmerston North by contrast had a quiet night, with no weather-related calls.

On Sunday morning, a tree branch was hanging precariously over the road on Church St, but it was removed by Palmerston North City Council contractors.

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