A month after the devastating storm that cut a swathe through Woodburn the Cedar St home Matthew Conan lives in is still without half its roof, electricity, telephone or hot water. Photo Rodney Stevens / The Northern Star
A month after the devastating storm that cut a swathe through Woodburn the Cedar St home Matthew Conan lives in is still without half its roof, electricity, telephone or hot water. Photo Rodney Stevens / The Northern Star Rodney Stevens

Woodburn returning to normal after storm

A MONTH after a severe storm cut a swathe through Woodburn life is returning to normal for most residents of the riverside town.

The clean up is over and people's sights are set on Christmas, despite the black and blue tarpaulins, still on more than a dozen roofs, littered around the town.

Woodburn Postmaster John Robinson said the people of Woodburn had endured numerous floods, storms and crashes on the highway, and were a resilient bunch.

He said if it wasn't for the response from the SES, the Council, Essential Energy and the local fire brigade the clean-up would have taken much longer.

"Most people that come in here every day are very happy with the clean-up but some of them are still a bit disgruntled," he said.

Mr Robinson said he thought the clean-up efforts had bouyed spirits in the town.

"Overall Woodburn is in the best shape I have seen it for a long time."

Woodburn Newsagency owner Kathryn Robson said despite the fact there were still more than a dozen houses still with severe damage in the town, most townsfolk were remaining positive.

She said the SES, Richmond Valley Council staff and Essential Energy workers involved in the aftermath of the storm should be commended.

"The emergency services as well as Essential Energy worked 24/7 and did a great job in the clean up," she said.

But Mrs Robson said a dozen of the towns families might not be able to go home for Christmas.

"Of the dozen or so majorly damaged houses there hasn't been any obvious structural work done."

Long-term Woodburn local Rob Hammer said spirits of the townsfolk had picked up over the last fortnight.

"Everybody has been really well looked after as far as I understand," he said.

"The last person I know that was having trouble got that sorted out today."



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