Frank loses valuables and family in devastating 2011 floods
POST-traumatic stress caused by 2011's devastating floods has torn a Goodna family apart and created wounds that are unlikely to ever heal.
On January 10, the night before the flood peaked, Frank Beaumont and his family walked through knee-deep mud away from their home, knowing it would be consumed by a slow-moving but catastrophic event.
Being aware and prepared for the situation did little to ease the pain of loss.
"I switched the TV off and thought oh well, I don't think I'll ever switch you back on again," he recalled.
"We lost everything."
In the years to follow, the material loss of possessions would be outweighed by the emotional toll the flood had caused Mr Beaumont.
"My family broke up because of this," he said.
"The kids took three years to return to the home - my wife lives in Melbourne now.
"I battle on every day but you don't know what to do."
With his property price plummeting since the flood and an insurance company quoting $19,900 each year for flood cover, the 75-year old is stuck, still repairing the damage.
Each time Mr Beaumont drives a nail or cleans the mud off walls he is painfully reminded of the event.
It took about six months to return to the home following the flood, albeit without a kitchen and barely in a liveable state.
He still gets frustrated when people describe the situation as only "a bit of water through your house".
"I couldn't find my house for four days," he said.
"I couldn't see the TV aerial, water had covered two-storeys."
In 2016 several community members promised to assist Mr Beaumont to rebuild but never delivered.
"Don't promise things you're not going to keep," he said.
"When people do that it just makes you feel like we weren't really that important."
He hopes the flood class action in Sydney will bring some sense of closure.