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17 Feb 2020
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Power cut, roads closed and trains cancelled after storm
Southern Spirit women's captain out for four weeks
School sets up phone charging station
Water restrictions imposed after big rain
Pearl Beach residents trapped in street after storm
Community group asks residents to complete survey
Killcare residents query support for phone tower
Council grants $7500 to Peninsula projects
Australia Day festivities attract 10,000 to Woy Woy
Marquart calls Wallarah decision 'environment crap'
CWA branch submits plans for Umina hall
Hazardous chemical disposal
Clydesdales visit child care centre
Dancers for Chinese New Year
Joy celebrates 101 years
Opera in the Arboretum returns for 15th year
Exchange student tells of experience in Austria
Rotary club celebrates 44th year
Events held in lead-up to International Women's Day
Stall provides information about guide dogs
Smiles on Dials for disabled surfers
Roles for volunteers at Bays Fair
Float planned for Mardi Gras
Extend tidy town spirit indefinitely
We call ourselves civilised
Council issues order to remove native ground cover
Peninsula has 1000 water bores
Train disruptions becoming more frequent
Panel discussion about autism spectrum disorder
Heart health promoted on Valentine's Day
Surgeons complete breast operation
Auto-immune disease attacked brain cells
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Dancing by the Water series starts at Lions Park
All-round entertainer at folk club
Author talk in Woy Woy
Pearl Beach literary lunch attracts 100
Debbie Ritchie nominated for State association award
Students urged to apply for performing arts program
Guessing competition for injured wildlife
School to hold Teddy Bears' Picnic
Students attend anti-bullying show
Ettalong students succeed at swimming carnival
Woy Woy students selected
Swimming carnival at leisure centre
Golf course affected by flood and storm damage
Swans offer opportunity to try Aussie Rules
Ettalong women take out Summer League
Tahlia to compete in Para World Swimming Cup
Former Ettalong player named in Australian bowls team
Boxer defends unbeaten record
Local rugby league players make NRL Rookies list
Vacancies in netball and boxing

Power cut, roads closed and trains cancelled after storm

Strong winds and heavy rain between February 8 to 10 caused power cuts, road closures and the cancellation of train services on the Peninsula.

Trains from Gosford and Hornsby were cancelled and rail commuters from Woy Woy were being transported by buses while infrastructure damage was repaired.

Brickwharf Rd at Woy Woy was closed and several roads in Umina were flooded. Grandview Cres in Hardys Bay was blocked when a tree fell over the road,

Residents in many areas of Umina, Ettalong, Pearl Beach and Patonga were without power for several days.

A statement issued by Ausgrid said it was one of the worst storms to hit the network in the past 20 years, with damage including fallen and snapped power lines.

Power was not expected to be restored in some areas until the end of the last weekend.

Gosford State Emergency Service deputy commander Mr Werner Klumpp said the flooding was exacerbated on the Peninsula by high tides.

"The aggravating fact is that with the high tides we've been having in some areas of the Peninsula and around Woy Woy, the drains draining into Brisbane Water actually don't work because the level of the Brisbane Water is higher than the drain," he said.

"It's tidal, so when the tide goes out the water can drain away."

Community facilities which opened for residents to shower or get access to power included Peninsula Leisure Centre, Umina Surf Club, Wagstaffe Hall and Ocean Beach Surf Club.

All beaches were closed last week and warnings issue to avoid waterways because of risk of pollution due to stormwater run-off after extended heavy rainfall.

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