This large tree landed only metres away from a house in Knoetzechs Road, North Casino. The family trampoline wasn’t so lucky.
This large tree landed only metres away from a house in Knoetzechs Road, North Casino. The family trampoline wasn’t so lucky. David Nielsen

Casino recovers after storm

THE damage was caused in less than an hour, but the recovery will take weeks.

That is the situation in parts of Casino after last Wednesday’s violent storm wreaked havoc on the area.

During the weekend, The Northern Star toured the worst-hit areas to see how the recovery effort was coming along.

Despite the destruction, most residents were in good spirits. The weather had thrown them a curve ball, and they were getting on with the job of dealing with it.

In Braham Way, Mark Ellis and his family were busy clearing trees that were treated like match sticks by the ferocious winds.

While he expected to be on top of most of the tree clearing yesterday, the recovery of some of the native vegetation on his property is beyond his control.

“It will take 10 years for it to get back to where it was,” he said.

Next door, at Reg and Betty Beves’s property, the jobs inside the house are as pressing as those outside.

“There was just a wall of water. It wasn’t rain. All the doors were shut, but it still flooded every room,” Reg said.

“It was terrifying. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

Betty admitted the last few days had been testing.

“We’ve had no sleep,” she said.

However, Reg and Betty have plenty of support as they put their lives back together.

“We’re fortunate. Our church congregation are coming to help us clean up,” Reg said.

Beyond their church family, a small army of friends with chainsaws will visit in coming days to break up the debris scattered around their home.

Reg and Betty’s neighbour and long-time friend Robyn Jones has also been there when they need her.

Robyn said it was times like this that friends were most important.

“If you didn’t have your friends you’d be really lost,” she said.

Friends and neighbours have been also helping each other in Manifold Road.

Anthony and Debbie Mortimer’s property looked like a bomb had hit in the wake of Wednesday’s storm.

But that didn’t stop neighbour Paul Campbell from doing what he could.

“He has worked tirelessly with everyone along here,” Debbie said.

While it has been tough on Debbie and her family, she knows the most important things in her life are safe and sound.

“The trees will grow back. Thankfully no lives were lost,” she said.



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