Cy­clone Larry vic­tim still in the dog house for the hol­i­days

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - By JOHN AN­DER­SEN

MOURILYAN­dog­woman Clotilda Laz­zarich, whose home was de­stroyed in Cy­clone Larry, will still be liv­ing in her dog ken­nel with her ca­nine friends over the hol­i­days.

With a bit of luck and fine weather she will be out of the dog house and into her new home by Easter.

The dog en­thu­si­ast’s new house, al­though un­der way and with a roof on, is not ex­pected to be fin­ished un­til April next year.

She said build­ing — paid for by her in­sur­ance com­pany — was ex­pected to start in Au­gust but wet weather de­layed the start un­til Oc­to­ber.

‘‘There was too much rain and one thing and an­other. And then you have to wait your turn,’’ she said with­out any hint of ran­cour.

Her in­sur­ance pol­icy has also paid for a new $8000 chook pen.

The old chook run was wrecked in the cy­clone and now she has a swish cy­clone wire fowl yard that is sub­di­vided into five pens.

‘‘Each rooster has his own harem now in his own pen, so there’s no more fights,’’ she said.

Ms Laz­zarich, 68, and her daugh­ter Al­bina were forced to flee 50m to the dog ken­nel dur­ing the cy­clone when their high­set home blew apart in Cy­clone Larry. Mirac­u­lously nei­ther of them was struck by fly­ing de­bris.

The mother and daugh­ter lived in the dog ken­nel with no elec­tric­ity, not even a gen­er­a­tor, for six weeks be­fore power was re­stored.

‘‘We got our jobs done in the day­light and when we needed to we used torches. When you’re brought up tough you can han­dle sit­u­a­tions like this,’’ she said.

Asked if she was ex­cited about mov­ing into her new house af­ter liv­ing in a dog ken­nel for more than a year, Ms Laz­zarich shrugged and said she wasn’t the ex­citable type.

‘‘What for? Why would I get ex­cited? Get­ting ex­cited won’t get me any­where,’’ she said.

Photo:JOHNANDERSEN

LEFT: Clotilda Laz­zarich in front of her partly built new home in Mourilyan

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