Ru­ined pods sign of storm

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - JOSH PRE­STON RE­PORTER joshua.pre­ston@gympi­etimes.com

PIC­TURES of de­struc­tion dom­i­nated the Gympie re­gion af­ter Thurs­day’s “hail­nado”, but a spread of sav­aged waf­fle pod slabs at a McIntosh Creek build­ing site made for one of the stranger sights.

GJ Gard­ner Homes Gympie of­fice man­ager Denise Kaper­nick got word of the catastrophic dam­age soon af­ter watch­ing the sin­is­ter storm roll through the re­gion and ar­rived on site to find the pods scat­tered all over the road.

“They picked the whole lot up and de­stroyed ev­ery sin­gle panel, there’s not one we can sal­vage out of it,” Ms Kaper­nick said.

“As soon as there’s holes, they com­pro­mise the slab so we have to throw the lot.

“At about 2pm we got hit at the of­fice, not long af­ter that we got a phone call to say we’ve got some foam blocks mov­ing.”

She said the ru­ined pods, cru­cial to lay­ing the foun­da­tions of the prop­erty, had com­pounded with fur­ther plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal dam­ages to put an in­def­i­nite de­lay on con­struc­tion.

Photo: Troy Jegers

Denise Kaper­nick from GJ Gard­ner Homes on clean up af­ter storm.

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