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

Mum faces floods, now vandals

A SINGLE mum fighting to get her house back to normal after the floods has been dealt another cruel setback.

After being half submerged a fortnight ago, Kristen Brereton’s high-set home had been emptied, hosed out, dried out and repainted on the inside, and was beginning to look homely again.

That was before two or more people broke in late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and smashed holes in almost every fibro wall and ceiling, in every room upstairs, with what was thought to have been a hammer.

The low act of vandalism has demoralised an already worn out Ms Brereton, 29, who said she and her two young sons were looking forward to moving back into their home at North Booval – one of the worst-hit areas during the floods.

“I thought I was quite lucky to have been able to keep the old fibro walls,” she said.

“Seeing signs of recovery was exciting for us. Now it’s back to heartbreak again.

“Going through the floods was devastating enough.”

Insurance did not cover the flood damage at Ms Brereton’s home, which she has lived in for the past seven years.

She did however, receive a lot of help from friends, family and strangers.

Although she paid for the paint, a friend painted her interior walls for free following the flood disaster.

A front door was kicked in to gain entry to the house before the damage was done.

Two different types of footprints were visible where the freshly painted walls were kicked in.

Disgusted by the attack, local area Councillor Trevor Nardi said it was hard to think of what the motive might have been.

“You can see that they have tried to smash every conceivable bit of fibro – almost so that it all has to be replaced,” Cr Nardi said.

“Perhaps it was jealousy – maybe they didn’t like the fact that she had so much help from others.

“It’s still a low act regardless.”

Ms Brereton and her sons have been staying with family at Raceview while their house was restored. With the bathroom and kitchen still waiting to be replaced, she was unsure of how long they would now have to wait before they could move back in.



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