Roof ripped and flipped by storm

Roof ripped and flipped by storm

The storm which lashed Canberra on Saturday night caused significant damage to a number of homes in the northern suburbs.

Florey resident Bob Goodall was preparing to sit down to a dinner of sardines on toast at around 6.30pm before the roof of his neighbour's patio landed in his driveway.

“It sounded like there was a train coming through the house, the noise was really frightening,” he said.

The 80-year-old retiree and stroke survivor was thankful his 20-year-old grandson who lives with him was out to dinner at the time otherwise his car would have been sitting underneath what is now a pile of tin and steel.

Mr Goodall, who has lived in his home since 1985, was thankful nobody was injured and there was no serious damage caused to any houses or vehicles. However a fence was crushed as the wind flipped the roof and sent it flying into Mr Goodall's yard.

He said his grandson, who was working on night shift, was shocked when he returned home early Sunday morning to find the roof from next door, which was erected two years ago, sitting in a twisted mess in the driveway, less than a metre from his prized motorbike.


Meanwhile in Cook a large tree crashed into a house causing significant damage to the roof and outdoor area.

According to neighbour Les Kingsley the owners were forced to leave the house after the tree came down shortly before 7pm as all electricity had to be cut and the roof began leaking. A barbecue was smashed and glass table was shattered in the backyard during the storm.

The ACT State Emergency Service has received more than 520 calls for help since Saturday night.

By 1pm on Sunday the ACT SES, ACT Fire and Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and TAMS had responded to 290 jobs.

TAMS encourage all cyclists who plan on using the city's bike paths during the long weekend to be cautious of storm debris.


Emergency services are urging motorists to drive carefully around the intersection of Hayden Drive and Ginninderra Drive in Bruce where traffic lights are still out.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts scattered showers and the chance of thunderstorms today, with light winds becoming north easterly, up to 20 km/h later on Sunday evening. There is a 90 per cent chance of rain.

Jenna Clarke

Jenna Clarke is fashion and lifestyle writer/editor with Fairfax Media.

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