Strong winds ‘blow house down’
Man finds home destroyed by fallen tree in Mossman
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