Flood memory forces change
AT THE same time as they celebrate their 35th year of marriage, Barry and Catherine Bull will be planning the next phase in their lives as they recover from their experience through the floods.
The Bull family were trapped in the top floor of their house as the flood water rose quickly to the top of the staircase and ripped through Postmans Ridge.
“The water came so quickly and we didn't know if it would keep going or not so we tried to get through to the roof from the inside.
“We thought we were going to die.
“We called my mother and all said our goodbyes, that's how terrifying it was.
“It all happened in just over half an hour, but it felt like a lot longer than that.”
Mr Bull said he spent most of the deluge in the roof trying to find a way out onto the outside.
“I smashed a hole through, but it was a bit too narrow for all of us.
“We were hoping that the house wouldn't get washed away from underneath us.”
Mrs Bull said the noise of the water taking everything in the house was incredible.
“You could hear the smashing and crashing and it was just an ocean all around us,” she said.
“Everything below the second floor was completely gone.
“All we found from the kitchen was a little green grater from the crisper and that was it.
“All those crystal glasses and antiques are just gone.”
The Bulls had their daughters and son in law with them throughout the event and managed to video the water rushing around Rocky Creek.
“We used to have a closed-in garage and now it's more of an open air garage,” Mrs Bull said.
“We gave the video camera to our daughter because she was just hysterical and it gave her something to do.”
She said they can never repay the volunteers for their efforts in the clean-up in the days after the flood.
“They came from nowhere and ripped out the panelling and tiled the kitchen for us,” she said.
“I don't know if I will ever know how to thank those volunteers that helped us.
“Most of them we didn't even know and will probably never see again.
“If they hadn't helped we would still be living in two metres of sludge in the house.
“These volunteers came in big numbers and they cleaned up things in half an hour that would have taken us days.”
The Bulls plan to put their house on the market as soon as the appropriate repairs are made.
“We want to get out of here as soon as possible,” she said.
“There is no way we can stay here after everything that has happened and I think we will start to look for a house on a hill.”
Mr Bull said they will most likely lose money when they sell the house.
“We are not losing in the long run though, we are still alive and a bit of money in the pocket is nothing compared to that.”