North Booval residents Kate and Ian Strudwick in their house that is nearly back to normal after being badly damaged by floodwaters last year.
North Booval residents Kate and Ian Strudwick in their house that is nearly back to normal after being badly damaged by floodwaters last year. Sarah Harvey

Flood nearly tore pair apart

ONE and a half years after floodwaters destroyed Ian and Kate Strudwick's North Booval home, the physical repairs are almost complete, but the emotional scars are far from gone.

After a wealth of volunteer help, particularly from apprentice tradesmen with Apprenticeships Queensland, Ian has returned to live in the home he first bought in 2004, but for Kate the painful memories mean she may never be able to join him.

The Strudwicks lost nearly everything in the flood that consumed North Booval, and with no insurance payout they have been been living with the emotional and financial fallout ever since.

Ian, a piper with Brisbane Pipes and Drums, has spent 17 months living with his mother-in-law Eileen at Springfield, while Kate has moved to Warwick to support her son Dom, who is a scholarship holder at Scots PGC College.

While the house is now ready to be lived in, it is unlikely it will ever be the family home again.

"I don't think I can ever live here again," Kate told the QT in the kitchen of the renovated home.

"After the flood I struggled to stay in the street for five or 10 minutes.

"The whole experience has been overwhelming, but now with the repairs almost done a weight has been lifted from our shoulders."

The couple admit the ordeal has caused them relationship stress, magnified by the separation caused by work commitments.

"I feel like I have been living in limbo for the last 17 months," Mr Strudwick said.

"It is starting to feel more normal again, but I don't think I could go through that same sadness again."

The couple hope to find a way to restore their pre-flood family life, but for now the house may be in order but the emotional fallout will take much longer to repair.



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