OPINION: Out of our heartbreak comes hope
IN THE wake of Thursday's freak hail storm, the damage and devastation is becoming more apparent as each day goes by.
Toppled trees block roads and downed powerlines snake across the ground.
Trees that cloak houses have been stripped of their leaves and broken glass and debris litter streets.
Corrugated iron from rooftops is contorted, strewn across paddocks.
The wind has uprooted silos and tanks are wrapped around tree trunks.
Dog kennels, cubby houses and trampolines have crumpled in the storm's ferocity.
The views from our backyards are transformed, disfigured.
But still, I see signs of hope throughout the South Burnett.
I've seen generators thumping away on people's properties.
I've listened to chainsaws roaring in front yards.
I've witnessed outpourings of assistance from one stranger to another on social media.
Photos continue to roll in that are haunting and heartbreaking as damage costs across the region soar into the millions.
And yet I know the people of the South Burnett will not be broken.
I spoke to a woman last week whose home was in the Tansey tornado's direct firing line.
After detailing the immense damage to her property, she asked me how I'd fared on Thursday.
Because this is who we are when the storms come.
People who look out for one another in times of need and when the skies are dark.
In the weeks to come the damage will continue to be tallied, and there will be much rebuilding to do.
But we'll roll up our sleeves, extend our hand to a neighbour, and we'll pull together after life comes apart.