13-year-old Brayden Swales helps rescue a cat from a Riverview house on Wednesday.
13-year-old Brayden Swales helps rescue a cat from a Riverview house on Wednesday.

Tanks, boats among debris

RIVERVIEW residents watched as the waters receded yesterday almost as quickly as they rose to reveal the devastation of their beloved suburb.

Among the debris and mud, a giant 5000-litre water tank lay in the middle of Duncan Street after floating down the road and boats were moored on the footpath.

Sandra and Michael Swales, of Duncan Street, lifted their furniture and belongings upstairs and luckily escaped any major damage to their elevated house at number four.

But the couple, who also have grandson Brayden, 13, under their roof, are quickly running out of supplies including food and candles and like many Ipswich residents were still without power yesterday.

Mr Swales, 63, said some residents of Duncan Street were less fortunate, losing cars and other property but everyone was pitching in to help with the clean up.

“There’s a great pile of rubbish which some of the neighbours are picking up already,” Mr Swales said.

“Everyone is helping each other out.

“It’s pretty dirty and muddy.”

Mr Swales said he had never imagined he would see such devastating floods.

Ms Swales, 64, said the water was quickly receding yesterday.

“It’s going down pretty fast but it’s a mess,” Ms Swales said.

“It’s a terrible mess here; everybody’s just got to get together and get it all cleaned up.

“Across the road – all the houses were underwater.”

Heather, 58, and Stephen, 60, Goldsmith live opposite Mr and Ms Swales at number five and were yesterday relieved the flood waters peaked at less than predicted.

“It came right up to the floorboards,” Mrs Goldsmith said.

“Another inch and it would have been in the house.

“We were really lucky; in the 1974 floods it went halfway up the windows.”



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