Sheds Meet Mother NatureAugust 29, 2013
Earlier this year a number of storms described as tornadoes hit the Bundaberg region. These storms followed disastrous flooding that inundated large areas of Bundaberg.
The shed pictured below at Burnett Heads copped the full blast of the “tornado” as it was located only 150m from the beach, across open ground. The shed sustained damage from wind drive debris on the wall facing the sea, however due to the correct design of the shed the survived and the contents of the shed remained protected. The photograph was taken as the owners were replacing the timber fence which was between the shed and the sea.
The home owner stated they believed the shed actually protected the house from the storm, whereas the patio at the rear of the house hit the neighbour’s house across the road. The shed was supplied by one of our members. Many other sheds in the region experienced substantial damage.
In North Bundaberg the shed below was subjected to 1.8m flood water at a reported 40 knots..
The force of the water caused the whole shed (including slab) to move 700 from right to left. Amazingly only one wall was damaged and the shed was dismantled, the slab removed and the shed rebuilt on a new slab with the damaged wall replaced.
The force of the water moved all that remained of a house across the road was the slab and a few bricks.
In case you were wondering, yes the Beetle was in the shed during the flood.
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