Mother shares image of bloody and bruised face after five falling trees destroyed home in Victoria


Mother shares image of her bloody and bruised face after five falling trees destroyed their home during wild weather in Victoria

  • Community is rallying around mother and child who were injured in wild weather
  • Roxanne and son Joope were trapped inside their Olinda home by fallen trees
  • Five trees fell onto the house, destroying it and severely injuring the pair

A mother suffered horrifying bruising to her face after five falling trees destroyed her home during wild storms in Victoria. 

Roxanne and her son Joope were trapped inside their house in Olinda in the state’s central-south after five trees collapsed due to the heavy rainfall and wind.

Emergency services were initially unable to access the pair due to the destruction around them. 

But once rescuers got inside the home they were both were taken to hospital with horrendous injuries. 

Pictures of the mother show heavy bruising to her face and eyes.  

Roxanne and her son Joope suffered 'terrible injuries' when five trees smashed into their house during last weeks' horrific Victorian weather

Roxanne and her son Joope suffered ‘terrible injuries’ when five trees smashed into their house during last weeks’ horrific Victorian weather

Images of the house show the extent of the damage caused by the falling trees, with large parts of the roof completely caved in

Images of the house show the extent of the damage caused by the falling trees, with large parts of the roof completely caved in

The home has rooms completely exposed, with it completely unlivable and requiring massive repairs or demolition

The home has rooms completely exposed, with it completely unlivable and requiring massive repairs or demolition

Roxanne’s brother Lincoln said she was ‘lucky to be alive’ in a GoFundMe he created to help raise money for their medical bills and damaged possessions.

‘I am trying to raise funds for my sister Roxanne and her son Joope who are both super lucky to be alive today,’ he wrote.

‘Their house and belongins were destroyed by a 5 falling trees from the severe weather that hit Victoria and they are left with nothing. 

‘Roxanne was struck down and sustained terrible injuries. I would like to ask if you help this little battler get back on her feet.’

Images of the house show the extent of the damage caused by the falling trees, with large parts of the roof completely caved in.

The home has rooms completely exposed, with it completely unlivable and requiring massive repairs or demolition. 

The fundraiser has had more than $11,500 in donations at the time of writing from over 150 donors, with the family hoping to get to $50,000.

Roxanne's brother Lincoln said she was 'lucky to be alive' in a GoFundMe he created to help raise money for their medical bills and damaged possessions

Roxanne’s brother Lincoln said she was ‘lucky to be alive’ in a GoFundMe he created to help raise money for their medical bills and damaged possessions

Emergency services were intially unable to access the pair due to the destruction around them. Both were taken to hospital with 'terrible injuries' after finally being freed

Emergency services were intially unable to access the pair due to the destruction around them. Both were taken to hospital with ‘terrible injuries’ after finally being freed

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened

The body of a man believed to be in his 60s was found submerged in a vehicle in Woodside, Gippsland, on Thursday at about 1.45pm after a member of the public called Triple 0.  

Areas of the state were saturated by a 270ml deluge of rainfall with catchments flooding and properties inaccessible. 

Victorians living near the Traralgon Creek area were told by authorities to evacuate at about 10.30am on Thursday as the wild weather worsened.

A major flood warning was also issued on Thursday night for the Thomson River, with major flooding possible for Sale on Friday afternoon.

A car was submerged by flood water in Traralgon, in Victoria on Thursday

A car was submerged by flood water in Traralgon, in Victoria on Thursday

Residents look at a downed tree following storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne

Residents look at a downed tree following storm damage in Lilydale, Melbourne 

There are other active major flood warnings across the West Gippsland catchment including the Avon, Macalister and Latrobe rivers.

Entire towns are being evacuated as the Bureau of Meteorology issued major flood warnings for areas including Milgrove, Licola, Cowwarr Weir, Tanjil Junction and Traralgon in Victoria’s east.

Those already in a safe place are urged to stay put for the next 48 to 72 hours, when most of the flooding is expected to move through communities.

Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through floodwaters. 





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