I have had some www.geistowners.com members familys have been caught up in the horrific floods in Queensland. Some very dear friends of mine have relayed some very close call stories to me that happened in Toowoomba too.
Diane & Murray McGee forwarded this account of the floods to me just recently.
We have not had much sleep this week with a phone call on Tuesday morning at 3.30am from our daughter Vanessa, she lives alone in her lovely home at Bellbowrie. She was frightened as the alarms were going off over at the Coles Supermarket. She walked out the front of her home and saw the water 100 mtrs down the street slowly coming her way. About 4.30 the SES knocked on her door and told her to evacuate, the day before she had started to put some things in plastic containers but because she is 1.8 above the street line with a besser block retaining wall in front we never anticipated it would go beyond that. She took a few things and headed for a friends place up in an adjoining street on higher level.
As the water crept up and up and then beyond her retaining wall, she was a little hysterical. Out on the footpath ringing us and crying neighbours further up the cul de sac asked if she needed help, 20 people then descended on her house with tools and utes and started to take her furniture apart, within a few hours her whole household furniture was relocated to a spare garage up the end of the street She was just so grateful and overwhelmed by these neighbours she didn’t even know.
At her friends place she had no vehicle access to her home, so they put ladders up and climbed over fences to get a look at her place.
When she saw it was inside her home and knee deep in water she really dispaired, they told her if would most likely go up to the gutters like the ones down the street.
Luckily this morning things were looking better as it stayed at the knee deep height, because the river didn’t rise as high as first thought. By 2pm this afternoon the water had receeded and she was able to get in and have a good look around.
Insurance Allianz wont cover anything, so hopefully the gyprock walls will be ok when dried out, Vanessa had porcelain tiles throughout except for 2 back bedrooms, so that is good, just worried about Kitchen cupboards. If they are damaged she will just have to live with it for awhile as she is like many people affected, not earning any money, if she isn’t working she is not earning.
We can’t get down to her as the Blackbutt Range has a landslide issue and then Toogoolawah, Esk and Fernvale are all cut, PLUS all roads to Bellbowrie are cut, the Coles supermarket went right under and no food supplies are getting in, its a big young family area and lots of babies and small children with a sprinkling of older ones, including a fellow Geistowner member.
On the news they said the Army were going to do a food drop at some stage. Tomorrow she is going in with a stack of volunteers to clean walls and floors, people she had never met. What a great neighbourhood.. We feel so helpless at not being able to get down to her.
Vanessa had a really tough 2010 , and we were hoping 2011 would be a better year for her, but we are all very grateful and blessed that a flooded house is all we had to deal with….
Thanks to Diane for sending this through. We are all thinking of you and your family at this time.
Catch you on the track.