Oakey residents feel wrath of Boxing Day hailstorm

MARGARET Menkins never thought one broken tile could cause so much trouble.

The Oakey woman felt the wrath of nature on Boxing Day after her sun room was nearly flooded after a massive hailstorm caused a hole in her roof.

Mrs Menkins, who was one of several Oakey residents who reported storm damage to the State Emergency Service, said the one cracked roof tile nearly caused a catastrophe.

"It was scary - there were big hailstones, little ones and jagged ones as well," she said.

"We were catching it in buckets and dishes and we had towels and mops to mop it up.

"We had the SES out here who said that they couldn't cover (the sun room), which was scary.

"We thought if we got a big fall of rain (the sun room) would just flood out here because (rain) can't get out."

HAIL DAMAGE: Ian Menkins and his mum Margaret Menkins hold a cracked roof tile from their Oakey home that was damaged by hail. Mrs Menkins' sun room nearly flooded.
HAIL DAMAGE: Ian Menkins and his mum Margaret Menkins hold a cracked roof tile from their Oakey home that was damaged by hail. Mrs Menkins' sun room nearly flooded. Kevin Farmer

The rain thankfully subsided before any serious damage was done to Mrs Menkins' house.

Her son Ian described the storm, saying massive hailstones threatened to break the windows.

"Most of them were around golf-ball sized, but every now and then there would be one that was the size of a cricket ball," he said.

"There was plenty of thunder and lightning.

"It came really suddenly - there was no real sign.

"The way it was hitting these windows, I thought the windows would go but it never did."

SES Regional Manager Bob Bundy said the service received about 24 calls for hail damage across the Toowoomba Region, with Goombungee, Wellcamp, Oakey and Cecil Plains among the most affected.

Mr Bundy said crews were repairing damage throughout yesterday.

"There were mainly a lot of windows broken," he said.



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