Houses and businesses in Burrum Heads were devastated by the January tornado.
Houses and businesses in Burrum Heads were devastated by the January tornado. Alistair Brightman

Burrum Heads back on its feet after January tornado

THE focus was on the rising Mary River in Maryborough.

Nobody could have predicted the silent storm creeping up on the sleepy fishing village of Burrum Heads on January 27.

The silence was short-lived. Residents described the tornado as like a bomb going off.

Everything in its path, from waterfront properties to suburban homes to caravan park residences, was destroyed.

But as everyone pitched in to help their neighbours, even people who had lost everything were able to keep their spirits high.

Burrum Traders fishing store escaped damage and have watched on as their hometown rebuilds.

Owner Heather Scott said the town was well and truly back on its feet.

"We're all good now and back to normal," she said.

Mrs Scott said her store was lucky to escape damage.

"We weren't affected by damage but we were affected business-wise," she said.

"It was terrible recovering."

 



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