SIX months after the area’s savage tornadoes ripped a swathe through parts of the municipality, Jamberoo’s Kay and Brian Robinson are still taking it ‘one day at a time.’
The couple’s Jamberoo property, formerly home to massive 40-year-old trees, resembled a bomb site for months after the storms, while their home is still unliveable after trees fell on their roof, including ripping off the corrugated iron above their bedroom.
While much of the debris has now been removed, the couple said their lives had been completely consumed by the on-going cleanup.
“The insurance people got the tree clearers in and they worked for around two and a half weeks and while that helped, there were areas they couldn’t touch.
“But thanks to our friends and neighbours, including Jim and Dax Eddy from Jamberoo Recreation Park, we have managed to get rid of a lot of the larger trees.
“The Eddy’s, who turned up one morning with an excavator, truck, chain saws, chipper and 10 men, were magnificent – in fact Dax was first here in the morning and last to leave that night – we just can’t thank them enough.
“Our neighbours chipped in where they could and we have a friend from Sydney who comes down every Sunday to help get the gardens back in some sort of order.”
The couple are still cleaning up every day and Mrs Robinson said it was a day-by-day job.
“We arrive every morning and potter around doing what we can and while we can’t really see much change, it’s just a matter of doing what we can each day,” she said.
“It’s tough when you think of the magnificent gardens and trees we had and what we have now it’s heartbreaking.”
The Robinson’s are still waiting on repairs to their home, and are currently living in Jamberoo township, and hope to be back in their home ‘by the end of the year’.
“The insurance company is still doing a ‘scope of works’ on the house, with tarpaulins still covering large parts of the roof – don’t get us wrong, the insurance company have been very good, as have Kiama Council and in particular Tony Hardy and his son.”
Mr Robinson said the couple were just keen to return to their property fulltime.
“But let’s face it we just want to be back here, we waste so much time travelling to and from our rented home in Jamberoo that we could be spending doing stuff here.
“But when you think what occurred that night, we could easily have been dead.”