Army of Fernvale volunteers swing into action to help out

AS soon as the storm had passed over an army of residents in Fernvale were on the street armed with chainsaws ready to help their neighbours.

The community spirit has been praised by the region's Mayor Graeme Lehmann, Emergency Services Minister Jo-Ann Miller, local MPs and emergency services.

Somerset Dam's Phil Warr was on his way home on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Fairney View when the storm hit.

He pulled over to pull tree branches and debris off the road and kept working to help Fairney View residents whose roofs were smashed and yards littered with debris.

"It was just like a cyclone. I've never seen anything like this," Mr Warr said.

Thank you Trent for sharing this awesome video. Taken at Fernvale.

Posted by Higgins Storm Chasing on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"It was hail and wind and lots of rain so we stopped and there was just debris everywhere all over the road. So I thought you've got to get it off the road, so we just got into it and we cleared the driveway up the road and helped out as much as we could. Then I saw these guys with their powerlines down."

Fernvale's Dayle Nixon and his son were busy clearing Banks Creek Road after one of the town's tallest trees, a massive gum, had snapped in half with the force of the winds and blocked the road.

While out helping the neighbours immediately after the storm, his own home was a mess, but the family swung into action to help get the neighbourhood back on its feet.

"All the roof is all leaking in my home, there's water going through the roof, a lot of my stuff and my shed is destroyed, it smashed parts of my cars," Mr Nixon said. "I've never seen anything like it in my life."

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