DESTROYED: The greenkeeper’s shed at Woodburn Bowling Club was utterly destroyed.
DESTROYED: The greenkeeper’s shed at Woodburn Bowling Club was utterly destroyed. Samantha Elley

Help from all over in clean-up

OFFERS of help have been pouring into Woodburn since the small village got smashed by a super cell storm on Saturday night.

At the Woodburn-Evans Head Golf Club, where hundreds of large trees were uprooted in the 100-plus kmh winds during the storm, a large group of members and helpers came to clean up.

One example was David Davies, of Coraki, who simply turned up to the club with an offer of the use of a chainsaw.

While there were many hands, there is much work to be done and golf club member Col Peake said the course would be closed for at least two to three weeks.

"We've cleared one green but there's plenty more to do," he said on Monday morning after the storm.

Woodburn Bowling Club was another site that saw a quick clean-up of the destroyed greenkeeper's shed, thanks to the work of volunteers.

Chairman John Forshaw expressed a huge amount of gratitude to the people who came to help.

"People came from Broadwater and off the street to help Tony Morgan, the greenkeeper, with the work," he said.

"We will not be closed and will be open for business again very soon."

Long-term residents to the area, Sue Code (30-year resident) in Cedar St and Rebecca Darling (20-year resident) in Bank St, who both had severe damage to their houses, said they had never seen this kind of storm in Woodburn before.

This was confirmed by State Emergency Service unit controller for Woodburn Jim McCormack.

"In my job as SES main controller this is the worst I've ever seen in this area," he said.

"I have seen 1945 photos where a cyclone came through and wiped out the entire main street, but that was before my time."

Mr McCormack said from Monday morning the SES had received 82 calls for assistance and had completed 69, with 100 people in the field.

Mr McCormack also encouraged anyone looking to do some community work to sign up as an SES volunteer.

We have a role for everyone and even if you don't like being out in the field, we could use gophers, IT experts or even someone to keep the drinks cold.

People interested in helping the SES can phone headquarters on 6682 2492.

A number of locals have gotten together to create Facebook page Woodburn Storm where those who have had damage can list what they need and those who have extra can list what they can give.

JUST DANCE! Richmond Valley annual concert, that was just starting at the Woodburn Memorial Hall when the storm struck, obviously had to cancel once the power went out.

They are not down, however, and have rescheduled the night for Monday, December 3 at 7.30pm.



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