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.
‘‘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.’’