An­nexe is shred­ded

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

HAIL the size of ten­nis and golf balls ripped a Gympie car­a­van an­nexe to pieces dur­ing yes­ter­day’s se­vere thun­der storm, leav­ing the own­ers dev­as­tated from the dam­age to their home.

The sound of the 20-minute on­slaught was deaf­en­ing for Troy Strengert and part­ner Michelle Bourke who were in their Jane St car­a­van when the storm hit just af­ter 2pm.

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen in my 41 years,” Mr Stengert said.

“The size of the hail stones was phe­nom­e­nal. It sent us deaf it was that loud.

“It was just re­lent­less.” Mr Stenghert had not long spent hun­dreds of dollars set­ting up and dec­o­rat­ing the an­nexe that was de­stroyed in the storm, to use as a liv­ing room be­side their van.

“Ev­ery­thing that was out in the an­nexe is lost, the whole an­nexe is gone, there’s mas­sive holes in it and it’s ripped and blown into next door’s cabin.”

The cou­ple also now have wa­ter leak­ing into their van, which is their per­ma­nent home.

“It’s just heart­break­ing,” Mr Stengert said.

“We’re on the pen­sion and not in­sured and we don’t know what to do now.

“When you’ve got no money it’s even harder to set it up again.”

Photo: Troy Jegers

’WORST I’VE SEEN’: Troy Stengert dev­as­tated af­ter storm ripped through his car­a­van an­nexe.

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