Schools lucky escape from storm

Georgie Gough surveys the damage at Larnook Public School after a storm hit the area last Thursday.

A major clean up of debris from a massive storm which tore through the Larnook area last Thursday night continued this week at Larnook Public School.

The storm hit the area just after 6.30pm, uprooting huge trees, causing minor damage to various homes as well as blocking access on many roads.

Lismore City Council and emergency services crews worked throughout the night to clear the debris.

Larnook Public School principal Steve Clough said the school was very lucky not to have suffered major damage.

It couldve been a lot worse there were a lot of trees down and some pine trees on the southern side of our covered walkway were uprooted and fell, nearly flattening the walkway and nearby offices. A large hoop pine at the northern end was snapped in half and came down by the side of the library, Mr Clough said. A tap on our new water tank was also busted by a falling limb and we lost 15,000 gallons of water as a result.

Larnook resident Andy Gough, who is also the Greens candidate for the NSW seat of Lismore, was driving home with his wife Georgie and neighbours from a screening of An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary about climate change, when they had to traverse a dangerous path of fallen debris to get home in the wake of the storm.

The irony of driving home from a film about climate change to find our neighbourhood trashed by a freak storm what can I say? No coincidence, said Andy. This is an issue that is slapping us all in the face, and saying do something now! Andy said.

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