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Tornado disaster declaration takes one week

Thursday March 28, 2013 - 14:11 EDT

There is dismay in southern New South Wales at the delay in announcing disaster relief for victims of tornadoes a week ago today.

Severe storms left a path of damage in Mulwala and Barooga on the Murray River and tornados almost destroyed two caravan parks.

The New South Wales and Federal Emergency Services Ministers have today confirmed natural disaster declarations for the Corowa and Berrigan Shires.

Jacqui Sonter from the Sun Country Holiday Village says at a public meeting last night, the reason given to locals for having to wait longer than Victorians who were hit by the storms, was that it is a complicated process in New South Wales.

"Very grateful that finally we've been declared a disaster zone," she said.

"I wondered whether people needed to you know die before that was going to happen, now it's finally come through and we're all very happy."

Winds up to 250 kilometres an hour left a path of damage across both shires.

Ms Sonter says the area looked like a warzone after the tornado hit and it took the SES an hour to get through fallen trees to the worst hit areas.

She says numerous elderly residents suffered minor injuries and they are still in shock.

"It was a huge thing for them to go through," she said.

"We really believe it's a miracle that no one was killed either in our park and especially in Denison County up the road."

"Now they can at least get some relief, hopefully. So all they need to do is contact either the Berrigan or Corowa shire councils."


© ABC 2013

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