Cyclone Larry victim still in the dog house for the holidays
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.
LEFT: Clotilda Lazzarich in front of her partly built new home in Mourilyan