Chaos as storm strikes Aramac

By EVAN SCHWARTEN

COMMUNITY spirit has kicked in at the tiny Central Western town of Aramac following a freak storm on Friday afternoon.

Residents, SES volunteers and emergency services spent Friday night and all of Saturday putting tarps over more than 30 damaged roofs and cleaning up debris.

The storm ripped through Aramac, about 500km west of Rockhampton, about 2.30pm, uprooting trees, damaging homes, businesses and toppling a semi-trailer.

Aramac Shire Mayor Gary Peoples said he was impressed by the level of support given following the 15-minute storm which ripped through the town around 2.30pm.

"We've been working pretty much around the clock. We're taking a bit of a breather today but we'll get right back into it tomorrow,'' he said.

"The response has been terrific ... it's that country spirit, everybody just wants to get in and get the job done.''

He said the severity of the storm had many residents seeking cover wherever they could.

"They were enormous winds, my wife and daughter were at our shop at the time and they ran into the vault for protection ... I was at home leaning up against a door to keep it shut.

"I don't think there is a garden shed left in town ... we've got the wall of one shed sitting halfway up a tree.''

Ergon was able to restore power to part of the town by Friday night but some residents were still without electricity yesterday.

But Cr Peoples said it could take some time to find tradespeople to carry out permanent repairs.

"Finding enough tradesmen is going to be hard, especially in the leadup to Christmas.



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