DUE TO DISASTROUS BUSHFIRES OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY
WAS CLOSED FROM FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER
Photos taken from our home.
5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal,
Our thanks goes out to the CFS and volunteers for their effort which saved our town, however, sadly, some
homes were lost.
We were fortunate as we did not suffer any major damage, but many friends lost homes or had property damage.
Later, as the smoke began to clear we had some beautiful sunsets.
Photos Peg & Bill's collection - 2019
The Cudlee Creek fire was declared an emergency disaster as Country Fire Service crews continue
to battle flare-ups ahead of deteriorating weather conditions.
As at 23/12/2019 the number of houses destroyed by the fire was 87, along with almost 500 other
buildings and 278 vehicles and these number are likely to increase as the fire is still uncontained (24/12/2019).
Agricultural losses are also mounting with about 1100 hectares of vineyards thought destroyed or
damaged, equal to about one-third of the area’s grape production.
The industry’s potential damage bill is expected to be in excess of $100 million.
Starting in Cudlee Creek on Friday, the flames tore a path of destruction through Lenswood,
Lobethal, Charleston, Woodside, Harrogate and nearly everything in between before being halted near Mt
Torrens, more than 13km away.
As I am updating this page 11:00AM (24/12/2019) I am hearing more sirens from fire units passing through Lobethal on
their way to the fire - Currently there are 60 units at the fire, earlier there were 74 units and 2 aircraft.
MAP OF THE BUSHFIRE AREA (24/12/2019)
We turned our display off after the fire out of respect to those that had suffered, but,
after talking to several people who had been affected by the bushfires,
decided to turn the lights back on.
Some of those affected told us that seeing the display could help
a little normality to their life, and provide a little relief from their suffering.
A few other homes around the town also turned their lights back on.
Our display returned from 8:30PM to 10:30PM until 30th Dec..
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, Peg & Bill