Strong winds ‘blow house down’

Man finds home de­stroyed by fallen tree in Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

MOSS­MAN man Graeme McLap­ine ar­rived home from work on Tues­day af­ter­noon to find a large tree had blown over onto the roof of his house.

Strong winds have been wreak­ing havoc on the Far North, with gusts of up to 85km tear­ing through Low Isles.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr McLap­ine’s neigh­bours, there was a strong gust of wind around 1pm on Tues­day and they then heard the crack and crash of the tree snap­ping and land­ing on the roof of his Pringle St house.

‘‘I got home from work around 4pm, walked in the gate and couldn’t be­lieve this huge tree had fallen from one end of my yard all the way onto my roof,’’ he said.

‘‘My neigh­bours tried to con­tact me, but be­cause I was in Cairns no one could get hold of me.

‘‘ It must have been loud be­cause even the lady over the road heard it and she is a bit deaf.’’

Mr McLap­ine called the SES straight away who went right out and cut up the tree, re­moved branches and de­bris from the roof and tarped the roof to pro­tect the home from rain.

Around half the tin from the roof needs to be re­placed, some of the ceil­ing has been dam­aged, there is a mas­sive hole in the bath­room wall, lights have dropped out from the ceil­ing, the walls have popped out and there is sig­nif­i­cant tile dam­age in the bath­room.

‘‘At least I have a nice view into the yard now and the SES joked with me that I won’t need an ex­haust fan in the bath­room now,’’ Mr McLap­ine said.

Mr McLap­ine plans to spend a cou­ple of days get­ting the yard cleared once the in­sur­ance com­pany has been out to as­sess the dam­age and hopes to use lo­cal busi­nesses to re­pair his house.



The Pringle St house dam­aged by a fall­ing tree

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