Akeringa Place residents Carl and Tracey Hunt with their children Archie and Evie are staying at a unit in Mooloolaba after the roof of their home was blown off in a storm.
Akeringa Place residents Carl and Tracey Hunt with their children Archie and Evie are staying at a unit in Mooloolaba after the roof of their home was blown off in a storm. Warren Lynam

Storm victims 'in limbo' after roof ripped from home

RESIDENTS of Akeringa Place are still playing the waiting game this week.

Carl and Tracey Hunt and their children Archie and Evie are still living in a motel after strong winds tore the roof off their unit on June 19.

"We're still in a motel in Mooloolaba waiting to hear back from insurance companies," Mr Hunt said.

"We haven't been allowed back in because of the absestos and we're still getting quotes and finding out if it will all be removed or whether the building is just going to be bulldozed - we're in limbo really."

 

Residents clean up after a storm in Akeringa Place., Mooloolooaba.Aerial photos of the damage
Residents clean up after a storm in Akeringa Place., Mooloolooaba.Aerial photos of the damage Warren Lynam

Mr Hunt said given the circumstances his kids had taken the incident and living in a motel rather well.

"They're alright, there's been heaps of toys and clothes donated so it's like everyday they've got something new," he said.

"They don't seem too phased by it and are happy to talk about it and they've already taken to calling it the old house and the motel our new house."

Mr Hunt still wasn't sure though when they'd be able to move into a real new home yet.

"We're just waiting to hear back so we can make more decisions but it's going to be a long process finding somewhere else to live," he said.

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Cathy Davis and her 10-year-old son Zane were in a similar position as well.

She too had the roof torn off her house and currently had no real place to call home.

"We're staying at a girlfriends house because I don't want to be alone and it's nice to be somewhere where you see a familiar face," she said.

"Because it's been raining we're still waiting to get the roof fix so we're just taking it day by day."

Ms Davis said while she was unlucky in losing her home she was happy to be alive.

"I'm still trying to get over the fact no one died," she said.

"It's still quite depressing going around there and seeing it but I think it's wonderful that they've worked so quickly to get rid of the debris and all the crews that helped everyone was amazing."


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