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Daddows sales manager Neil Dwyer inspects the premises’ damaged roof as the big clean-up continues in Cooroy.
Daddows sales manager Neil Dwyer inspects the premises’ damaged roof as the big clean-up continues in Cooroy. Geoff Potter

CLEAN-UP efforts are continuing but some damaged businesses face months in exile from their roofless stores and offices.

A string of small businesses along Cooroy's Maple St had their shared roof peel off from over their heads and fly across the road during the height of Tuesday afternoon's severe thunderstorm.

The town's business district was the centre of attention for crews in clean-up mode, with firefighters, police, council workers and SES crews from all over the Sunshine Coast having converged there.

While the street was cleared of debris, fallen powerlines and trees, and reopened to traffic on Wednesday, the clean-up has just begun for some.

Cooroy Newsagency owner Laurie Kendall said he would have to shut his doors for up to a month and halt his morning delivery run until he could get the store functioning again.

"I think it's a long-term closure for us. The extent of the damage is incredible," Mr Kendall said.

"Times are tough for small businesses at the moment so I'm trying to get this all going pretty quickly."

Hinternoosa has temporarily relocated into an empty office space about 50m away.

Principal Murray Brown said it was proving to be a logistical nightmare.

"It's difficult to get everything hooked up. We won't have phones until Friday afternoon," he said on Wednesday.

"We expect to be out of our usual address for up to two months or even more."

Mr Brown, who also owns the building occupied next door by Chinese Cooroy, said the recently renovated restaurant, in particular, was a terrible loss.

"We just spent $50,000 renovating the property. They were meant to reopen this week," he said.

Endeavour Foundation spokesman Patrick Pollock said all stock in the store had been destroyed.

"At this stage a possible reopen date is unknown," he said.

Sunshine Coast Council's local disaster management coordinator Alan Rogers inspected the damage in town.

"We're incredibly lucky that no one was injured or killed," he said.

Christian College students baked muffins to deliver to tired shop owners.

Topics:  clean, rebuild, storm


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