THERE'S a reason flood victim Ted Bradley is smiling – he's the only person in Goodna's flood-hit Brisbane Terrace whose home has been repaired.
Mr Bradley has moved back into his renovated home, thanks to $130,000 worth of repairs paid for by his insurer APIA.
His fortunes are in stark contrast to the vast majority of Ipswich home owners who have been denied a payout from their insurer and have had to rely on volunteers and donations to get their life back together.
Incredibly, it took APIA just one hour to confirm Mr Bradley's home and possessions were insured for the January 12 river flood that rendered thousands of Ipswich people homeless.
“I'm the only one on Brisbane Tce that has had their home rebuilt and moved back in,” Mr Bradley said.
“I'm two months ahead of everyone else here.
“I was actually reluctant to call APIA after the flood because everyone told me their insurers were denying their claim.
“I waited a week until I picked up the phone, but they called me back an hour later and said I was covered and the paperwork was on its way for me to sign.”
On January 12, water swallowed Mr Bradley's home, leaving just the roof exposed.
The semi-retired Goodna Eagles volunteer had lived in the home for 17 years.
He feared it would be 12 months before his home was rebuilt, and thought he would have to wait for government help like his neighbours.
“It's all happened quite quickly. The builders came in and were fantastic,” he said.
“I'm the lucky one here. APIA deserves credit for how they treated me.”
The only possession of Mr Bradley's that survived the flood was his pet turtle, creatively named Turtle.
Despite being in a fish tank when the flood hit, the turtle was found 30 metres away in the back bedroom.
“He was just covered in mud, but he was fine,” Mr Bradley said.
“I thought he would be on South Stradbroke Island.”