Strong winds in the south

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 09:54 14/08/2013
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Repairs start on the old Dairy Factory building at Tisbury after roofing iron came off.

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Emergency services have been called to different addresses after strong winds have created havoc in the south this morning.

The fire service and the police were called to a Tisbury property about 7.30am and were forced to block off the road after the wind had dislodged roofing iron.

A fire service communications spokesperson said the iron, which flew off the roof of a derelict house, was a hazard and the fire service secured the area.

A council building inspector was sent to the property and the owner and inspector would continue investigating this morning, the spokeperson said.

Senior sergeant Bruce Terry said police opened the road again about 9am.  

The fire service was also called to Otatara this morning after scaffolding fell over.

Invercargill Fire Service station officer Nick Barclay said it was called out at 9.10am to Oreti Rd.

The call out was from one of their fellow firefighters who needed help after the scaffolding around the shed he was building collapsed, he said.

''So we had to go give him a hand.''

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