Sharon Trim's chook sheds were damaged in the wild storm on February 12.
Sharon Trim's chook sheds were damaged in the wild storm on February 12.

Ugly storm plays havoc in Burnett

WINDERA and Cloyna residents are still cleaning up after a storm tore through the area this week.

Sharon and Alan Trim, who own a free-range chicken, goat and pig farm in Windera, said Monday's storm was fierce.

"It honestly sounded like jet engine roaring overhead," Sharon said.

Alan set off for the Goldmix mill a few minutes before the storm hit.

He was able to find shelter in the storage yard while wind caused havoc outside.

When driving back home he was forced to try three different routes as nearly every road was cut by fallen trees.

Sharon Trim's chook shed were damaged in the wild storm on  February 12.
Sharon Trim's chook shed were damaged in the wild storm on February 12.

A trip that usually takes 15 minutes took over an hour.

At home the couple lost an aviary while their mobile chook pen was tipped over and a second shed was pushed about 10ft after breaking its struts.

Despite the damage there was little in way of rain.

"We got a whole 7mm out of it," Mrs Trim said.

"The rail was coming through at such a horizontal angle that the grass on the other side of the shed was dry."

A piggery down the road from the Trims lost half its roofing while another neighbour watched the sheet metal on his shed buckle and come close to breaking free.

Mrs Trim said it was times like these that made her appreciate her neighbours.

"The great thing about the storm was the community came together, the mill let Alan shelter, people helped clear roads and the community pulled together and everyone stayed pretty well safe."

"In every respect it was an ugly storm but no one lost a house or anything like that.

"We just have few more chores to do this week."

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