Natural disaster claims after Lyndhurst storm

Residents of Lyndhurst are continuing the clean up and repairs after an intense storm cell tore through the village on Sunday afternoon.

Strong winds snapped trees in half and tore sheeting from sheds whilst over 145 millimetres of rain pushed the debris against fences, washed away entire trees and blocked the Mid-Western Highway.

After the two hour deluge Emily Kitchen discovered sleepers in a paddock that were washed out from under the railway line, over 50 metres away.

"The amount and the force of the water was intense," she said.

"We've had fences washed away, the washing line was bent over, eighty year old fruit trees have been split in half and our coolroom was lifted up and relocated."

Ms Kitchen said that unlike other storm fronts she'd experienced, this one was determined to hang around.

"The wind was monsoonal," she said, "It didn't move on like other storms. It went north, then back south and the wind was changing direction all the time."

Rural Fire Services captain John Mackie said he'd never seen anything like it.

"Cowra SES came out to remove some trees, the police were here when the highway was blocked, Country Energy were trying to get the power back on and Blayney Council were also here blocking the flooded roads and assessing the damage," he said.

"The water just hit the hills and because the soil was like concrete it just sheeted off."

The water on the eastern side of the village hit the railway line and in parts it broke through, but in other places it poured onto the roads and over the bridges that scatter the low lying township.

"We're very lucky that no motorist got stuck in the water and there were no accidents on the road," Mr Mackie said.

Director of Infrastructure Services at Blayney Shire Council Grant Baker said that council anticipates some road repairs will take up to two weeks, however further inspections of creek crossings may identify more extensive works.

"On Monday inspections commenced to check roads and bridges with a number of washouts and refuse over roads identified," he said.

"Damage has been identified to the bridge over Limestone Creek on Boondaroo Road, Millamolong with a load and speed limit in place due to extensive scouring."

So much damage has occurred that natural disaster relief claims could be made.

"Council is currently evaluating the extent of damage for a possible natural disaster application."


If you think that your property in the Lyndhurst area has sustained substantial storm damage you can submit a damage survey through the NSW Department of Primary Industry.

The damage survey allows you to complete a simple survey the number of crops, animals, infrastructure and other primary industries damaged in a single event and add photos to it.

DPI can view survey information in real time and results are used to determine the area the natural disaster has impacted and the scale and severity of the event.

It also helps determine what assistance or resources may be needed.