While others sat down for Christmas dinner with family and friends, the Randells of Lurg were busy cleaning up after last week’s storm.
Their farm on Asbury Rd bore the brunt of last Tuesday night’s storm — with shed and stable roofs ripped off and strewn around the property, and roads blocked by fallen trees.
Gwen Randell said the storm had thrown the family’s Christmas plans into disarray, and the festive season would now be spent clearing the property of debris.
‘‘It’s put a dampener on our Christmas for sure,’’ Mrs Randell said.
‘‘We had a discussion on Tuesday night and we still wanted to have Christmas here.
‘‘You can’t really prepare for something like that.
‘‘It was all over in about five to 10 minutes, but that was enough for the damage to be done.
‘‘I think if someone was caught outside in it they could have been killed.’’
Farms around the Randells’ were left largely unscathed in the storm.
Mrs Randell said some farmers would not have noticed, apart from ‘‘a few leaves coming off the trees’’.
‘‘You could see (the storm) coming in waves over the neighbouring farms,’’ she said.
‘‘We didn’t expect it to hit as hard as it did.
‘‘Our family on a neighbouring farm came over as soon as it hit, and they said it is worse here than the damage at theirs, and that’s only a couple of hundred metres away.’’
Twenty friends and family members converged on the Randells’ farm the day after the storm to help out.
‘‘They’ve come from as far away as Wagga Wagga, Wodonga and Cobram to help... we’ve got a bit of an army now for the clean up, but I still think it’ll be a week at least before it’s all cleared up,’’ Mrs Randell said.
Most of the family’s Wednesday morning was spent clearing Asbury Rd with the farm tractor, checking the property for signs of damage, and counting the livestock.
‘‘You couldn’t drive down the road, so we got the tractor out to move fallen trees and branches, but our family had to drive through the paddocks to get to us,’’ Mrs Randell said.
‘‘We’ve not lost any stock that we know of, thankfully.’’