Girls returning to flooded house
TWO Ipswich girls dancing up a storm in Germany are on their way home to see for themselves their flood-devastated townhouse.
Sarah and Kelly Fenn’s family is working frantically to rebuild the inside of the townhouse in Mi-Hi Grove on Haig St at Brassall.
Meggs Fenn said her daughters, who were often overseas, were on their way home after dancing at a Stuttgart casino.
“They’re due on March 7,” Mrs Fenn said. “They don’t really know what happened yet so we’re trying to fix the place up before they get back. They’ve been dancing overseas since they were 18 and this is where their money went.”
She said the flooding came as a shock to her and her husband after they returned home from watching their daughters perform.
“We went to Germany to watch them dance then we came back and watched our son play futsal in Sydney,” she said.
“He was named in the top five players in the tournament and was selected in the Australian team.
“We came back here on the Friday not realising what the place was like. You couldn’t open the front door because everything was all over the place.”
To make matters worse, she said, because Sarah and Kelly were overseas they weren’t entitled to government funding.
“My worst nightmare is they start handing out money and we say, ‘We’ve already done it ourselves,” Mrs Fenn said. “We’re registered on the Ipswich City Council website and the Red Cross and no-one has come out to help us.
“Mum is footing the bill for the renovation and I asked Centrelink if they could have their pension adjusted – they’ve spent $20,000 – and they said ‘No’.”
As previously reported in the QT, residents of Mi-Hi Grove say they were led to believe they were covered for flood insurance.
“We got it in black and white that the body corporate covered it for insurance,” Mrs Fenn said.