Home loses roof in freak gust | PHOTOS

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THE Border largely escaped major damage as wild weather lashed the state yesterday.

The State Emergency Service responded to 117 incidents in the North East region to 8.30pm last night.

Mudgegonga couple Tex Pierce and Kim McConville were one of the worst hit as strong wind gusts tore off half the roof on their Woodsides Lane home.

“She’s about half stuffed,” Mr Pierce said of his house.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do over the next few days.

“It’s not liveable for a normal person.

“All of our belongings are in it and we just want to try to protect them as best we can.”

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Mr Pierce had been outside when a “freak little piece of wind came through” and tore off sheets of roofing about 12.40pm.

“It was like a big roar,” he said.

“One of us could have been hurt with all the tin flying around.

“Everything was coming down around me and I had to dodge the bits of tin and stuff as it was falling.”

Heavy rain caused further damage to the home.

“What’s made it worse is we’ve just been renovating it,” Mr Pierce said.

“We were just about to finish. The bathroom was just finished and I hadn’t even had a shower in it.”

The incident also posed a fire hazard as pieces of metal caused electric wires to spark.

SES figures for Albury were not available last night, but the service did not respond to any major incidents.

About 50 centimetres of snow fell at Mt Hotham to 5pm yesterday, and snow also fell at Stanley.

Beechworth vineyard owner Adrian Rodda said he had spotted snow while dropping his kids off for school.

“It’s really good,” he said.

“If anyone from the area is around they should really get up there and have a look.”

Stanley resident Derek Visser said his outdoor table had about an inch of snow coverage about 8am yesterday.

The cold and wet weather is predicted to continue in the region for several days.

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