Pamela Duncan of Evans Heads needs a walking stick to get around, has a lung disorder and lives by herself without help from family and friends. Her roof was damaged in the November storms and her insurer, Victorian company RACV has still not offered to help fix her asbestos shack. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Pamela Duncan of Evans Heads needs a walking stick to get around, has a lung disorder and lives by herself without help from family and friends. Her roof was damaged in the November storms and her insurer, Victorian company RACV has still not offered to help fix her asbestos shack. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Roof worries haunt Pamela

JUST weeks after her sleep-out roof was repaired under insurance following November's savage storm that lashed Evans Head, Pamela Duncan's roof is leaking again.

But this time the Heath St resident, who relies on a walking stick and has a lung condition, fears insurance company RACV won't cover the damage.

Mrs Duncan said tarpaulins flapped against her asbestos roof for three months on and off until the sleep-out roof was fixed.

Several times she called the SES to secure the temporary coverings.

The pensioner said inspections by Mid Richmond Plumbing found damage to the roof was caused by the flapping tarpaulins.

Now her insulation is sodden, pieces of asbestos are falling off her roof and mould has formed on her bedroom ceiling, affecting her health.

"I lie in bed at night and look at the mould on the ceiling and worry about the effect on my lung condition," she said.

"With the state of the asbestos roof I am worried about my health and the health of my neighbours."

"I have found several pieces of asbestos on the ground that came off the roof."

The house Ms Duncan lives in at Evans Head is owned by her twin sister Patricia Wallace, who lives in Melbourne.

Ms Duncan said builders who had inspected the roof told her it can't be repaired because of the asbestos and must be replaced.

She said her sister had been liaising with RACV Insurance.

RACV Insurance general manager Paul Northey said RACV had offered to meet the cost of repairs related to the water damage and mould in the bedroom and was awaiting a quote to be able to proceed with this as soon as possible.

"Damage to other sections of roof which were attributable to deterioration as a result of the roof's age and condition, were outside the cover provided by the policy," he said.



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