By LUKE VOOGT
STRONG winds wrought havoc in Ocean Grove and the Bellarine on 18 March, felling several trees and causing traffic hazards on major roads.
An SES crew removed broken branches from a tree in Tuckfield Street just after 2pm, closing one lane which caused minor delays.
The broken branches had not yet fallen on the road, but the crew removed them in a matter of minutes, preventing injury or further damage.
Bellarine SES Controller Dion Henderson said gusts of wind up to 90km/h kept his crews busy all afternoon across the Peninsula.
“It’s been constant – we’ve got two trucks out at the moment,” he said.
“It doesn’t take our crews long to remove the trees.”
SES crews also removed fallen trees in Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Wallington, Drysdale and Swan Bay.
Fallen trees created traffic hazards on roads including the Bellarine Highway, and Swan Bay and Murradoc Roads.