SNAP: Vera Horvath and her son Brian Zibell were surprised to come home and find trees snapped in half from the severe storms on October 11.
SNAP: Vera Horvath and her son Brian Zibell were surprised to come home and find trees snapped in half from the severe storms on October 11. Jessica McGrath

Residents still cleaning up after monster storm

MORE than a month on from the severe storms which swept through the South Burnett, residents are still picking up the pieces.

Vera Horvath's property between Booie and Nanango is still covered with piles of broken branches and leaves.

"We've probably got firewood for the next 50 years, it's a massive amount of timber, there were trees down everywhere," she said.

"One lot of trees decimated one whole garden completely, there were a lot of things to be done quickly so we could move around the place."

Mrs Horvath was travelling home with her son Brian Zibell when the severe storm, involving hail and a tornado, hit on October 11.

"I've never seen something quite like it, I've been in plenty of cyclones, this was outrageous," she said.

"There was absolutely nowhere to go, great big trunks had fallen over."

They pulled the car over and trees fell in front and behind blocking the road, stranding the pair.

"The hail wasn't good, it made a mess of the little car and a branch fell on the boot of the car," Mrs Horvath said.

 

They locked the car, took the groceries and walked the 3.5km home, entering someone else's property to avoid broken power lines.

Mr Zibell said the property was a big mess by the time they arrived home.

"It was like a bomb had gone off, no leaves were left on the trees, you couldn't have even driven a vehicle through there was that much down," he said.

Three days after the storm, they still had hail piled up against the buildings and fences and found many dead birds across the property.

They were without power for 72 hours, and left with a huge clean-up job.

"I'm afraid everyone in the area has thousands of dollars in damage," she said.

Their house on Malar Cr is one of many to require a new roof.

They will also need to replace storm damaged roller doors, the side wall of the garage, the solar hot water system, 28 solar panels, fences and the air conditioner.

 

 

Mr Zibell had done most of the clean-up job for his parents and said around one in every five trees had fallen down across their five acre property.

"I'll still be here until next year, doing it on my own," he said.

Volunteers from the natural disaster clean-up group BlazeAid came out for half a day to assist in the clearing of the broken branches.

"They did a tremendous job, putting the branches into piles," Mrs Horvath said.

"There's an awful lot of people who have helped others in the area, they've stuck together it's been really good."

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