‘The hail was like gun­shots’

Fam­ily forced to cower in car as storms roll over house and shop

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WILD WEATHER - BLAKE ANTROBUS blake.antrobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

WHEN they couldn’t reach their prop­erty in time, Monique Pas­coe and her fam­ily were forced to take shel­ter in their car as vi­o­lent storms rolled through Mary­bor­ough West.

Lit­tle did they know their re­tail shop Home­wares from Ev­ery­where was be­ing bat­tered by dam­ag­ing winds that will now take months to re­pair.

Ms Pas­coe, who runs the Mary­bor­ough West shop with her mother Jan Bruck­ner, said the fam­ily faced thou­sands of dollars worth of in­sur­ance claims and a loss of in­come from the closed cafe.

She told the Chron­i­cle she was trapped in her ve­hi­cle with mem­bers of her fam­ily as the su­per­cell passed over the ru­ral Fraser Coast town about 4.30pm Thurs­day.

“It was ter­ri­fy­ing, the hail sounded like gun­shots and the kids were scream­ing in fear,” Ms Pas­coe said.

“There’s now two sep­a­rate in­sur­ance claims that need to be taken out on our home and the busi­ness be­cause of the dam­age.”

She re­turned to the Gayn­dah Road shop yes­ter­day morn­ing to find the place in tat­ters.

Glass ta­bles had been smashed, the over­head sails had been brought down due to the winds and the gar­den was ru­ined.

Ad­di­tion­ally, power to the shop was lost, re­sult­ing in food and milk go­ing to waste.

Ms Pas­coe said the shop would likely not be opened for months to re­pair the dam­age and re­claim their lost costs.

“It’s one thing to have it at home but also to have it at work... I’m dev­as­tated,” she said.

“We’ve just got to do the clean-up. There are still peo­ple com­ing in re­al­is­ing the dam­age that’s been done.”

The storm also led some cam­pers at the Mary­bor­ough Show­grounds to be evac­u­ated, with the area sus­tain­ing mi­nor dam­age.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor Dar­ren Ever­ard said the show­grounds would be closed un­til next Thurs­day.

“We hope this has not in­con­ve­nienced any­body but coun­cil will un­der­take re­pairs as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Cr Ever­ard said.

“We do re­mind cam­pers that there are spots still avail­able at the Mary­bor­ough Air­port and at any of the fine car­a­van parks across the city.”

Tem­per­a­tures be­tween 14 and 23 de­grees to­day and 14 to 26 de­grees to­mor­row are fore­cast for Her­vey Bay, while Mary­bor­ough is pre­dicted to reach 14 to 22 de­grees to­day and 14 to 24 de­grees to­mor­row.

DEV­AS­TAT­ING BLOW: Monique (left) and Lilly Pas­coe and Jan Bruck­ner at Home­wares from Ev­ery­where on Gayn­dah Rd that was smashed by the storm.

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