Family escapes rising waters
AS many Esk residents begin the clean up after floodwaters rushed through the Brisbane Valley town, one family has moved back into their home after being displaced for almost a week.
Esk local, Mel Wheeler, moved back into her Ipswich Street home over the weekend with her husband and son after evacuating at very short notice on Monday afternoon.
Mrs Wheeler said the escape from their home was a race against time.
“I had been waiting all day to do my shopping because it had been raining and walked outside and then I saw the water coming in the driveway,” she said.
“I rang my husband to tell me that the house was flooding and by then there was about a metre of water through the place. I thought ‘we are in trouble now.'”
Mrs Wheeler said they didn't have time to grab anything more than her baby bag which was on the kitchen bench.
“I tried not to panic because it was all happening very quickly and I had no idea how high it would get,” she said.
“My husband arrived very quickly and by then the water was so high we couldn't open the door, so we were trying to get things through the window and get our six-month-old son out as well.
“We grabbed what we could but if we hadn't left at that second, we wouldn't have got out.”
Mrs Wheeler said the damage from the flooding was clear now the water had receded.
“The bottom of the house needs fixing and obviously the fridge, washing machine and all that sort of thing is wrecked,” she said.
“We didn't have time to get everything out, so going back in was a little bit heartbreaking, but my husband went in before the water had gone down completely and got some of our stuff out, which saved a lot of our furniture.”
She thanked the community for the support she received.
“We have got so much help from everybody and so many people who have offered us clothes and toys and other things,” she said.
“It was a community banding together.”