Chris and Ray Schodde are grateful to be back in their Dyraaba Creek home so soon after a storm tore off their roof on December 19.
Chris and Ray Schodde are grateful to be back in their Dyraaba Creek home so soon after a storm tore off their roof on December 19. CATHY ADAMS

Family back in damaged home

WHEN a fierce storm tore through Ray and Chris Schodde’s Dyraaba Creek home near Casino on December 19, they literally lost the roof from over their heads.

Just a week earlier, the hills surrounding their house were practically dust.

“I had my two grandsons here and it had started to rain at 2pm, and they said ‘Boopa, this rain is your Christmas present’,” Mr Schodde said.

“Then it got a bit gusty over the hill and everything was so white and bright. It turned out to be solid rain.”

In a matter of moments, the severe wind and rain hit.

“All of a sudden the pecan tree just bent over. I don’t know how it didn’t break,” Mr Schodde said.

“Then all of a sudden the roof was just gone, and within seconds the rain had come through the timber inside. It was a hell of a mess, really.”

The Schoddes had their roof peeled back, with their Austar satellite dish wrapped under the tin.

Their broadband satellite dish was in a nearby paddock, and their house was soaked.

“I got the kids to grab some dry clothes,” Mr Schodde said.

Luckily, their neighbours stepped in and opened their homes to the Schoddes.

“We were the only place in the whole area with any damage,” Mr Schodde said. And being so close to Christmas, the Schoddes were told it could take three months to move back into their home.

However, they were back in three days, thanks to quick action from the Kyogle SES, their insurers, NRMA, and local builders and tradesmen.

“They’ve gone well above their call of duty,” Mrs Schodde said.



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