Trees down around Lyndhurst and Mandurama

AT THE PUB: Shane, Grant, Garry, Simon, Mark and Kayo out the front of the Railway Hotel.
AT THE PUB: Shane, Grant, Garry, Simon, Mark and Kayo out the front of the Railway Hotel.

The chainsaws that belong to members of the Blayney SES got a thorough workout over the weekend with tree after tree taking the brunt of strong winds, rain and snow.

Lucky break: The branch of this tree narrowly missed the nearby Subaru in Millthorpe.

Lucky break: The branch of this tree narrowly missed the nearby Subaru in Millthorpe.

Blayney State Emergency Service controller Reg Rendall said that on Friday they received 17 calls and nearly all were from one part of the shire.

"They were all from down around the Carcoar, Mandurama and Lyndhurst part of the shire," he said.

'I don't know why but they really seemed to cop it this time."

The Railway Hotel in Spring Hill on Friday afternoon.

The Railway Hotel in Spring Hill on Friday afternoon.

"All of the calls were for trees down, and thankfully they did little or no damage to property.

"Luckily they were not dangerous and fell mainly on gardens and one or two over a road."

One tree blocked the Mid Western Highway and with the help of Blayney Shire Council staff the highway was reopened after half an hour.

Mr Rendall said that Saturday and Sunday were also busy with five call outs on Saturday and three on Sunday.

"With all the rain we've had the roots were loose and were able to topple over in the strong easterly winds," he said.

In Blayney and Millthorpe Mr Rendall said that the damage was only slight.

"We only had one small tree down in Blayney," he said.

Across the central west the storm damage was widespread with the Railway Hotel in Spring Hill losing its verandah on Friday.

The Railway Hotel was hit hard by Friday's storm, with the awning at the front torn clean off by gusts of wind which hit 70km/h as trees were brought down across the region, while trampolines were lifted out of backyards and power cut to large areas.

Mr Sampson said the pub had got off lightly compared to how bad it could have been considering how close he was to trying to tie the awning down.

"I saw the roof begin to move so went out to the car to grab a rope, and by the time I got around the side to grab a ladder she'd gone," he said.

"I could have been up on the ladder when it went. The things you do to try and save things."

Many of those helpers were back on Saturday morning, with half a dozen hands on deck - who jokingly said they were just in it for a free schooner.

The publican wasn't convinced, "I think they're just very very concerned people," he said.