Storms rack up $5m damages bill

DAMAGE from storms last week have cost the Northern Rivers at least $5 million.

Richmond-Tweed Regional SES business manager Dallyce Nilsson said volunteers had attended 104 jobs.

“About half of those were damage to houses and roofs,” she said.

Ms Nilsson said that local SES units wrapped up their response to the storms yesterday.

“We’re finished with our initial response, and there were just a couple of loose ends yesterday,” she said.

“There were a couple of jobs that were too big for us, so we had tree-lopping contractors for those.”

Ms Nilsson said that storms had hit the Casino, Kyogle, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Murwillumbah and Tweed areas.

“There were 71 jobs in Casino, nine in Kyogle, 11 in Lismore, seven in Murwillumbah, five on the Tweed and one in Mullumbimby,” she said.

Ms Nilsson praised the efforts of SES teams from across the district. “They’ve done a great job,” she said.

Work is just starting on the home of Kyogle resident Kay McGrath after she lost part of her roof last Thursday afternoon.

“The insurance assessor came on Friday, and now a building consultant has to come out,” she said.

“The builder is here securing the place for me. I’m only guessing, but I think it will take four months to complete.”

Meanwhile, fellow Kyogle resident Dot Ibbertson is counting her blessings after a neighbour’s roof landed on her carport.

“Luckily the cars weren’t damaged,” she said.

“Everything will be done, we’ve just got to wait for another quote.

“I don’t really care how long it takes, just so long as it’s done.”

While the region looks unlikely to face any storms over the next week, the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting scattered showers.

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