STORM DAMAGE: Whipbird Cafe in Coolabunia after Thursday afternoon's storm.
STORM DAMAGE: Whipbird Cafe in Coolabunia after Thursday afternoon's storm. Contributed

Coolabunia cafe owners surprised by storm damage

COOLABUNIA cafe owners Zarly Steffensen and Devon Hansen couldn't believe the building of Whipbird Cafe sustained no significant damage in Thursday afternoon's storm.

The cafe owners were driving when the storm hit and were certain the church building would be damaged when they arrived.

"Once we turned around the corner onto the dirt road there were giant trees on the road and we couldn't get through. When we saw that we thought that for sure one had come down on the building,” Mr Hansen said.

"When you see the trees that are down the fact that one didn't land on the place is incredible.”

Miss Steffensen has been overwhelmed by the generosity from neighbours and customers.

"All our customers have been so good and we have got so many messages on our Facebook page,” she said.

"Everyone has had something, broken windows or some have lost their garden sheds, and it is awful, but everyone has such high spirits.

"They are pulling up their sleeves and doing what they can.”

Zarly Steffensen and Devon Hansen from Whipbird Cafe in Coolabunia cleaning up after Thursday afternoon's storm.
Zarly Steffensen and Devon Hansen from Whipbird Cafe in Coolabunia cleaning up after Thursday afternoon's storm. Claudia Williams

Miss Steffensen said they had just bought $1500 worth of food before the storm hit but thanks to a generator from their neighbours and the Little Butcher in Kingaroy who has provided them with a cold room the food has been saved.

They have a big clean up ahead of them with their shed destroyed in the storm and fallen tree branches surrounding the building, but the continuous rain has hampered their efforts.

Having no power is the biggest obstacle for the cafe and as soon as it is restored they will be back on their feet.

"With no power we can't do anything inside because we have got no water so we can't get anything done in the kitchen,” Mr Hansen said.

"When we get power back on we could be open again within six hours.”

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