Clean-up business booms
By EMMA CORNFORD
DESPITE the damage caused by last week's storms in the Valley, some good has come out of the destructive winds and rain.
Carpet cleaners and tree loppers have been contacted in force to help with the clean-up effort, with many reporting huge demand in and around Maclean.
George Tillman from George's Treelopping said he had been contacted by the Clarence Valley Council and asked to bring all of his equipment and as many staff as possible.
"I'm working with double the staff at the moment," he said.
"We've been sitting in the park and cleaning things up and I've been climbing up trees for most of the time, getting rid of branches and making them safe."
Mr Tillman said there had also been numerous calls from private residents to help clean up their yards.
Carpet cleaner John Berger said he had been inundated with calls to clean everything from flooded offices to patches of water in living rooms.
"We've been getting a lot of extra business down in Maclean," he said.
"A lot of people are wanting to spring clean with their rellies coming for Christmas now this storm came on top of that so we've been working our backsides off.
"In one commercial building the roof wasn't blown off or anything, it was just that the downpipes couldn't handle all the rain."
State Emergency Service Clarence/Nambucca regional controller Peter Minturn said there were more than 145 calls for the service's assistance after Thursday's storms.
"They did a wonderful job and it was a credit to them. It was also a credit to their bosses for letting them take time-off to help with everything because a lot of people don't realise that they are all volunteers," Mr Minturn said.
"Everybody pitched in as they always do during disasters, and I was impressed with the response ? as I always am."
State Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell also praised the efforts of emergency workers as he toured the area on Friday.
"Council workers, the emergency services, Country Energy and Telstra (did) a wonderful job," he said.
"With this sort of damage and the numerous power poles fallen over cars it is amazing that ... the storm has not claimed any fatalities."