RESIDENTS INSPECT A submerged Lyons Bridge on Forest Hill-Fernvale Rd.
RESIDENTS INSPECT A submerged Lyons Bridge on Forest Hill-Fernvale Rd.

Damage bill may reach thousands

While many people across the Lockyer Valley recover from a flood they had no warning of, Lowood residents are counting their lucky stars they knew the water was coming.

Gary Winter said he and his wife moved to their daughter's house on higher ground as soon as they heard the emergency warning.

“We had plenty of warning that there was water coming,” he said.

“Our house didn't sustain a lot of damage, but we did have about two foot of water through the house.

“We lost a little bit of electrical gear, but there are people that are so much worse off than we are.”

As president of the Brisbane Valley Soccer Club, Mr Winter, said the damage to the club was significant.

“Looking around at what was lost I would think the damage would be around 45 to 50 thousand,” he said.

“It has taken us a long time to get where we are, and year after year we added to it and now we lost it all in one foul swoop.

“We are hoping the insurance will cover the equipment that we had, which includes a lot of socks and shorts, pie warmers, photocopiers, printers, as well as a lot of records and photos from over the years.

“We are waiting for the assessors to come out this week, but we have already started the clean up and it's a really big job,” Mr Winter said.

“It was frustrating because we weren't able to move out of town,” he said.

“Some people copped some real damage here and there, there are a lot of roads that have some big potholes, but they are still passable.

“We were blocked in from last Friday until Saturday simply because there was still so much water over the roads.”


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