Vicki and Robert Leadbeatter use buckets to try to catch the rainwater after the roof of their home was ripped off during the storm.
Vicki and Robert Leadbeatter use buckets to try to catch the rainwater after the roof of their home was ripped off during the storm. Jacklyn Wagner

Kyogle councillor’s home has roof ripped off

IT WAS supposed to be the classic family Christmas for Kyogle councillor Robert Leadbeatter – but the Christmas Eve storm at Collins Creek changed all that.

His two daughters, their husbands and five children were on their way from Brisbane when the storm hit, damaging one of their cars.

They arrived to find Mr Leadbeatter and his wife mopping up the water in their home.

The front of the house took the full force of the storm, which peeled back the roof like a can opener, drenching the contents, including presents.

It wasn’t long before the sons-in-law were at work repairing the roof.

Still, the young grandchildren needed some-where dry to sleep.

After asking for a room at a Kyogle hotel, its owner offered the family a nearby house he had just purchased – with enough space for a Christmas barbecue.


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