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Gayndah counts cost of wild storm

By Frances Adcock, Friday October 12, 2012 - 10:45 EDT

North Burnett Mayor Don Waugh expects the clean-up bill from a severe storm that yesterday ripped through Gayndah, south-west of Bundaberg in southern Queensland, to be in the thousands.

The roofs on six houses were blown off and several trees were uprooted when the cell ripped through the town just before 2:00pm (AEST).

Councillor Waugh says council will make estimates on the cost of the damage today.

"Certainly to replace the roofs on all of the buildings would be substantial ... the water damage, the furniture, the flooring, so the damage there would be expensive," he said.

The weather bureau says a combination of strong winds and extreme rainfall caused the conditions.

Weather bureau forecaster Brett Harrison says the storm cells moving through the North Burnett caught many by surprise.

"The actual features on the radar didn't indicate it would be a thunderstorm out of the ordinary but it obviously was," he said.

"With the wind gusts we did see but this was particularly bad as it moved through Gayndah."


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