Alfred Street experienced some of the worst damage with up to four homes recieving signiificant damage to their roofs. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Alfred Street experienced some of the worst damage with up to four homes recieving signiificant damage to their roofs. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

WE WERE THERE: 2012 Woodburn storm

A FIERCE storm ripped through Woodburn - taking roofs, trees and half a house with it - late at night on November 19, 2012.

The damage was widespread and the wind's force was enough to rip 60cm- wide trees in half, like snapping a toothpick.

 

HUGE CLEANUP: The greenkeeper's shed at Woodburn Bowling Club was utterly destroyed. Many willing workers cleaned up the mess on the Sunday. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
HUGE CLEANUP: The greenkeeper's shed at Woodburn Bowling Club was utterly destroyed. Many willing workers cleaned up the mess on the Sunday. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

The wind speed at the height of the storm was estimated at more than 150km an hour, and there was torrential  rain too.

Visibility for drivers fell to about two metres because water was falling so heavily.

The storm covered the Northern Rivers but a visit to Woodburn confirmed the small riverside town had taken the brunt of it.

NO ROOF: Bill Smith of Alfred Street, Woodburn stands in his backyard where insulation and tin from his roof is scattered everywhere thanks to last Saturday night's devastating storm. He managed to save the pets and a few important items. Story on Page 3. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
NO ROOF: Bill Smith of Alfred Street, Woodburn stands in his backyard where insulation and tin from his roof is scattered everywhere thanks to last Saturday night's devastating storm. He managed to save the pets and a few important items. Story on Page 3. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Cars were smashed by flying debris including fences and roofs.

The wind was strong enough to dislodge a 200kg gas bottle secured in concrete at the town's bowls club.

The club also lost a shed, and its greens were ripped apart by debris. 

 

TOTALLY DESTROYED: The Bank St house belonging to Rebecca Darling and her daughter Amelia, 14 was the worst hit house during the storm.
TOTALLY DESTROYED: The Bank St house belonging to Rebecca Darling and her daughter Amelia, 14 was the worst hit house during the storm. Samantha Elley

Despite the damage the club vowed to get back in business within a week.

One family lost half of their house. The timber home was ripped apart and looked like an oversize dolls house, with all its contents on show.



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