Father, son face long wait to go home after storm
ON MELBOURNE Cup day this year, carer Michael Hennessey was sitting in his living room getting ready to watch some television.
His 84-year-old father, a double leg amputee, was in the bedroom relaxing.
That didn't last long.
Minutes later the pair was scrambling for cover as the roof was torn from their Baird St house and the ceiling collapsed under the weight of torrential rain.
Mr Hennessey said he had never seen anything like storm on November 7.
"I heard the tornado coming up the road,” Mr Hennessey said.
"Next thing it just hit ... the ceiling came down and that was it.
"I thought that was the end. It was a very frightening experience.”
The 60-year-old's father's bedroom ceiling also collapsed.
Unable to escape the wreckage, his father lay on the bed looking up at the stormy sky, rain pouring in.
While Mr Hennessey rushed to get a wheelchair to help his father escape, his neighbours rang 000.
"All of my neighbours came racing over, the ambulance came and by that time we had dad out in the wheelchair ... he was okay,” Mr Hennessey said.
When the storm subsided Mr Hennessey went to the front of the house to assess the damage.
The force of the 150km/h gusts rolled the roofing iron back like a banana peel.
Yesterday Mr Hennessey said it would be at least 12 months before he could get his father back in the home.
Insurance assessors have locked the home up because of the danger of asbestos contamination.
"I have put dad in Gracehaven,” Mr Hennessey said.
"At least he is safe there.
"I'm in a motel until Monday and I'm not sure where I'm going to go then.”