Storms wreak havoc

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Erica Mur­ree

HAIL the size of cricket balls and de­struc­tive winds ripped through the Biggen­den dis­trict, not once but twice, on Sun­day.

And in its wake in an area from Degilbo to Biggen­den and down to Boompa, sheds were un­roofed, win­dowswere smashed, car­swere dam­aged from the hail and trees were twisted and bro­ken off and stripped of their leaves.

The­worst ar­eas af­fected in­cluded Fairview Creek and Lower Lakeside Rds which were lit­tered with de­bris.

But the bush spirit kicked in with peo­ple lend­ing a hand to clean up. Coun­cil opened the dump on Mon­day for peo­ple to dis­pose de­bris.

Rob­bie Radel is on the Mary­bor­ough-Biggen­den Rd and said the rain was des­per­ately needed, but not the car­nage.

“The place looked as though a bomb­had been det­o­nated,” MrRadel said.

“Our dam­age bill will be up around $100,000 with the new cen­tre pivot ir­ri­ga­tor be­com­ing a twisted wreck and roofs blown off the ir­ri­ga­tion shed and an­other farm shed.

“Four­teen of the 16 main pipes were de­stroyed. The ir­ri­ga­tor will be able to be re­built but we will have to wait for parts from Amer­ica.

“Plus the front door of our home was blown in and car­pets sat­u­rated.”

With the area los­ing power, in some places un­til 10pm, the Radels had to rig up a sys­tem to milk the cows in the dark.

Fur­ther down the road, the Bed- dows fam­ily had their share of de­struc­tion.

Dian and Gary Bed­dows put their cars un­der­cover but the roof was blown off.

All four cars were dam­aged by hail.

Grand­son Sam Sip­pel’s tram­po­linewas de­stroyed­when it­was lifted over the fence and down the pad­dock a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres.

And in Biggen­den, the roof over the beer gar­den at the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel was ripped off and landed on the street.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

SAD SIGHT: This un­oc­cu­pied home is a sorry sight af­ter Sun­day’s storm. IN­SET: Biggen­den was hit by hail.

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