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Family loses home, crop damaged in Woodburn storm

STORM DEVASTATION: Sue Haynes stands in the doorway of the farmhouse rented by her daughter. The place is unliveable, after the roof was blown off in a recent storm.
STORM DEVASTATION: Sue Haynes stands in the doorway of the farmhouse rented by her daughter. The place is unliveable, after the roof was blown off in a recent storm. Samantha Elley

WOODBURN farmers David and Sue Haynes are still counting the cost of the recent storm that devastated the small riverside village about two weeks ago.

With more than 400 hectares of cane in various stages of growth around the Woodburn, Buckendoon and Kilgin areas, David said it could be some time before they could realise the damage done to the crops.

"We don't know if the plants were hail damaged yet," he said. "If they are, it could cause a lot of problems with cane harvesting next year and in two years."

The recent end to the cane season saw a big harvest for the Haynes family.

"We were one of the biggest harvesters in Woodburn," Sue said.

"Two years ago we planted in the mud, and although this season was much shorter than normal, we did a big harvest."

The couple was planting new seeds the afternoon the storm hit.

"We're not sure if those seeds will survive or that our one-year-old cane that got flattened will make it, either," Sue said.

Crops aren't the only concern, with a couple of houses and sheds also damaged in the storm.

"Our daughter Melissa and her partner Aaron were renting one of our houses on Kilgin Rd and it lost its roof," Sue said.

"The old shed is gone and the good shed has been damaged."

Melissa and Aaron had a number of animals killed in the storm.

"One of the two calves was killed and about half the chooks are dead," Sue said.

With the house uninhabitable, Melissa and Aaron are on the hunt for a new house to rent that would also be able to accommodate some sheep, a calf, a number of chooks, dogs and three little pigs.

To help with a rental property, please phone (02) 6682 2264.



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