Dis­as­ter avoided

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Pt Brain Time -

For­mer De­niliquin man Damian Betts nar­rowly avoided dis­as­ter when se­vere storms hit Gee­long last week.

The western sub­urbs of the city suf­fered se­vere winds and rain in the early hours last Wed­nes­day, leav­ing some peo­ple with un­in­hab­it­able homes and many with sig­nif­i­cant roof dam­age.

Mr Betts, who lives in Waurn Ponds, said the houses most af­fected by the storm are ‘‘a cou­ple of min­utes drive’’ from his place.

He added that while his house was barely touched by the storm, it was dev­as­tat­ing to see the de­struc­tion left be­hind by the wild weather.

‘‘The wind was in­tense, it bar­be­cue and bin over,’’ he said.

‘‘Luck­ily that was all that hap­pened to our place, but un­for­tu­nately we can’t say the same for other peo­ple in the area.

‘‘One of my neigh­bours across the road had their tram­po­line fly across a va­cant block next to my house, and it flew into some­one else’s place.

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‘‘I was asleep when it all hap­pened, but driv­ing past the next day and see­ing the dam­age left by the storm was pretty con­fronting.’’

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists say wind gusts reached 150km/h, which left more than 100 homes dam­aged, in­clud­ing as many as 30 on Iron­bark St in Waurn Ponds.

Mr Betts said he is count­ing his lucky stars that he avoided the dam­age, with Iron­bark St lo­cated only 1.2km away from his house.

‘‘It looks as though it just came through on one straight line and just wiped out roofs on houses,’’ Mr Betts said.

‘‘It’s just car­nage ev­ery­where.

‘‘I feel ex­tremely lucky, but it’s dev­as­tat­ing to see oth­ers in the sur­round­ing area lose their homes.

‘‘Times are al­ready tough with the Coro­n­avirus pan­demic and some­thing like this, while it’s not ideal at any time, just makes things that much harder.’’

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