Yesterday evening's severe storm caused damage to the Commonwealth Bank.
Yesterday evening's severe storm caused damage to the Commonwealth Bank. Contributed

'Half the roof had come in': bank manager

THE lashing rain and whipping wind that converged on the region yesterday evening hit the Commonwealth Bank hard.

Minutes after all staff members except one left the building around 5pm, a large part of the ceiling caved in; smashing particle board all over the floor, damaging computers and drenching the floor.

Cullinanes Plaza maintenance officer Mark O'Leary inspects the damage to the Commonwelth Bank from last night's storm.
Cullinanes Plaza maintenance officer Mark O'Leary inspects the damage to the Commonwelth Bank from last night's storm. Frances Klein

Branch manager Sandra Hiscock said the storm took out a big hole above her desk, where she had been sitting just 10 minutes earlier.

She said the staff member left at work, who was unhurt, called her up and said 'half the roof had come in' at the Cullinanes Plaza business on Mary St.

Mrs Hiscock said the Commonwealth Bank will be open today, but with limited services as clean up and repair begins.

CUA, next door to the bank, also has water damage.

Cullinanes Plaza maintenance officer Mark O'Leary said it was unknown at this stage how badly damaged the roof is.

The Commonwealth Bank branch manager Sandra Hiscock assesses the damage to the bank's ceiling after yesterday's severe storm.
The Commonwealth Bank branch manager Sandra Hiscock assesses the damage to the bank's ceiling after yesterday's severe storm. Frances Klein
Gympie Times


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