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SA emergency workers under 'big strain'

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016

South Australian emergency service workers have dealt with more calls over the past three months than they did throughout all of 2015/16.

A State Emergency Service spokesman says the service has responded to 7600 calls for help since July, which works out to be 400 more than the year before.

The callouts in the last three months include more than 120 since Thursday after severe winds of up to 100km/h swept across SA.

"There's been a big strain on our volunteers," the SES spokesman said.

"They've had a week and a half off and now they are back out there.They are just not giving up."

The spokesman said most calls for help since Thursday have been to deal with fallen trees and branches, largely in Adelaide and the Hills area but also in Port Pirie, Whyalla and Mount Gambier.

He said the SES has recruited help from SA fire crews and emergency workers from other states to cope with the recent peak in demand.

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