CRUSHING: The storm left many Woodburn homes without roofs, power or telephone services.
CRUSHING: The storm left many Woodburn homes without roofs, power or telephone services. Samantha Elley

Rofe rebuilding a good life for Woodburn family after storm

DESPITE the fact that his house, destroyed in the storm that lashed Woodburn a month ago, is being demolished today, Stewart Rofe is in great spirits.

The front half of the Bank St two-storey timber home was torn off by ferocious winds as Mr Rofe and his family sheltered in the centre of the home on the evening of November 17.

As his house was insured, but its contents weren't, Mr Rofe said he was in a better position than some of the towns residents who also suffered severe damage, but were uninsured for both home and contents.

Although he, his partner and their daughter lost an estimated $60,000 in home contents, Mr Rofe said so far his insurance company had been great, and plans were being drawn up to replace the timber and colourbond house with a new besser block and tile home.

"It was one of the worst days of my life, I still haven't forgotten it, but now we are getting on with rebuilding," he said.

Until their new home is built, hopefully by Christmas 2013, Mr Rofe said he and his family are enjoying living in a friend's house at Lismore.

"A friend of mine saw me on television and he had an investment property and was in the process of changing tenants so when he spotted me on TV he rang me up and said I have got a house for you."

Mr Rofe's partner Rebecca Darling praised the Salvation Army, who were first on the scene to offer assistance with a food hamper, and the help she got from Roz of Evans Head Laundromat.

Fellow resident Matthew Conan has not been so lucky getting the Cedar St former Woodburn Cinema he shares with owner Susan Code that lost half its roof repaired.

"One guy who came and looked at the roof quoted us $20,000 and we still have to wait to get a quote from another guy," he said.

He said for the past month they have endured leaking, flapping tarpaulins, no electricity, no hot water and no telephone connection.



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