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