Storm wreaks havoc 

Storm damage to homes in Narellan Vale. Picture: Simon Bennett
Storm damage to homes in Narellan Vale. Picture: Simon Bennett

CAMDEN has been declared a natural disaster area after Sunday morning's devastating storm.

Camden's State Emergency Service unit received more than 200 calls on Sunday after winds of more than 100km/h tore through Narellan and Mount Annan, causing widespread damage.

Camden SES local controller Andrew Ellis said the storm caused significant damage to homes after a weekend of heavy rain. About 85 homes were damaged in the Narellan area.

Mr Ellis said the SES had no reports of injury and responded mostly to calls concerning roof damage, fallen trees, lost tiles and iron sheets and structural damage to homes and fences.

The SES received calls throughout Sunday because people woke to find their property damaged, he said.

Stuckey Place resident Carol Wagus told the Advertiser she woke up to the sound of roof tiles crashing into her fence.

"At first I thought the whole house was caving in with the amount of noise," she said. "It was as if a tornado had just ripped up through our street."

SES workers cordoned off part of Ms Wagus's backyard to prop up the side of her neighbours' house.

"It was honestly like a scene from a Hollywood movie with all the flashing lights and fire trucks in the street," she said.

"It was so surreal just after it happened.

"Some of our roof was damaged but it's nothing compared to our neighbours who lost their whole roof, — it's them I feel so sorry for."

NSW Fire and Rescue workers, the SES, Camden Council, NSW Rural Fire Service and the police helped in the aftermath of the storm.

"Thank you to the services and to the residents for their patience," Mr Ellis said. "It was a good combined effort."

There were no major power related disruptions except on Sunday, when more than 200 people lost power around Brownlow Hill, Endeavour Energy said.

Eleven local government areas in NSW were declared natural disaster areas on Monday.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier Barry O'Farrell announced joint disaster funding for those areas affected.


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