Cherrabah operations manager Dave George points to where the water came up to in a number of the rooms.
Cherrabah operations manager Dave George points to where the water came up to in a number of the rooms. Georja Ryan

Cherrabah Resort recovers after belting from weekend storm

CHERRABAH Resort copped a flogging on Saturday night when a severe storm ripped through the property leaving damage in its wake.

Operations manager Dave George said the storm hit about 2pm last Saturday and was like nothing he had ever seen before.

"This storm scared me; it was violent," Mr George said.

"It hit like someone up there's wrath."

Lightning struck one of the tall trees on the property, spiralled down the trunk and tracked the underground cables to an outside light, where it then tracked back to the main switchboard and short-circuited the entire resort's power supply.

The power surge blew the fridges and freezers which meant all food that had been stocked for future functions became spoiled.

Mr George said there was hail among rain so heavy he could not see one metre in front of himself.

"It was almost like a cyclone," he said.

"It started off slow, but each time we thought it couldn't get any worse, it did."

Eight homestead rooms were flooded by the lashing rain that seeped through the entry doors.

The laundry floor also flooded, lifting up the vinyl floor covering.

Mr George said water had also penetrated the walls of the function room, soaking everything in its path.

The roof of an outdoor shelter was also struck by lightning, tearing a hole in the aluminium cover.

Despite the wreckage that Mr George and his team found after the storm had passed a few hours later, there was a positive attitude in the air.

"On one hand we were devastated, but on the other hand, things always change at a moment's notice around here, so we've learned to deal with it," he said.

"I was joking to Jack (the maintenance man) that we needed to get some more chlorine to put in the function room pool."

Phones are back on at Cherrabah and Mr George expects everything to be back to normal within the next couple of weeks.

About 20 holiday-goers were staying at the resort at the time of the storm, and all escaped unharmed.



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