The freshly painted walls of Kristen Brereton’s flooded North Booval home were vandalised. Kristen and her sons, Lincoln and Blair, take in the devastation.
The freshly painted walls of Kristen Brereton’s flooded North Booval home were vandalised. Kristen and her sons, Lincoln and Blair, take in the devastation. Rob Williams

Asbestos blow for flooded resident

THINGS have gone from bad to worse for an Ipswich woman whose flooded house was smashed by vandals.

The widely publicised story of how North Booval mum Kristen Brereton’s wall linings and ceilings were pummelled with a hammer attracted the attention of Workplace Health and Safety Officers, who were concerned there may have been asbestos in the home.

The officers took six samples from the North Station Road house on Thursday afternoon, with tests confirming their concerns.

As a result, Ms Brereton is now not allowed to enter her own house to continue the clean up that, up until Monday last week, had been going so well.

“These vermin who broke into my house and smashed the walls – this is all because of them,” she said.

“I hope they breathed some of that asbestos in.”

Currently living with a relative on the other side of town, in Raceview, Ms Brereton and her two young sons Lincoln and Blake are keenly awaiting insurance assessments not only for flood damage, but also for the damage caused by what is suspected to have been two men.

Some of the damage was caused by kicking and two distinct boot prints were found at the scene.

The break and enter and wilful damage has been reported to police.

“Everything is on hold for us at the moment,” Ms Brereton said.

“Our insurer told us they are about four weeks behind, but seeing as though we have an urgent health issue at the house now, that they might try to get to us a bit sooner.

“In the end it will be okay I suppose – as long as the insurance comes through.”



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