Storm victims well on the road to recovery
By ADRIAN MILLER
WHEN Vicki Roots and her four children took refuge in their home during the storm which ravaged the Maclean District in early December, it was the most frightening thing they had ever experienced.
And when a giant hardwood tree crashed onto the shed ? where they were living while a new home was being built ? the family feared for their lives.
Once the storm had finished and the shed was destroyed, the family was unsure where they would live.
The only real prospect was moving into their unfinished house they were building on the Shark Creek property.
But it was without electricity, water or a septic system.
But now, after some generous help and some hard work, the family are back on their feet and making the best out of the situation. Mrs Roots said while it had been tough, the family was coping.
"We're managing ? it's no grand palace but we are comfortable and thankful we survived basically, that's the bottom line," she said. "Who cares what you live in or where you live as long as you're alive."
Mrs Roots said her family had been helped by generous dona- tions from neighbours and businesses.
"Our neighbour lent us some gas lights to use and the people that were doing our solar were trying to rush things through for us, which has been really good," she said.
"My husband's former work, Richmond Plumbing, have done a bit of work so we've got some water and plumbing happening so we can shower and stuff.
"We've got the basics, not quite how a normal house would function, but it's working."
Mrs Roots said while the completion of the house was coming along, the mental scars might take longer to heal.
"When there's a bit of lightning or anything like that the kids are a bit frightened, even I'm a bit scared myself," she said.