Flood victim returns to ensure safety of pets
AFTER evacuating her family from rising flood water, worried pet owner Megan Stewart returned yesterday to her flooded house in Ashford Rd to ensure her pets' safety.
Standing on her carpeted floor in shin-high water, the grandmother of four told The Gympie Times through her window that she waded back through flood waters to tend to her two dogs, the cat and five-week-old kittens.
"I can't take them to the evacuation centre and I'm not going to let them drown," she said.
When flood waters began to rise on Sunday, Megan helped her four daughters and four grandchildren aged three months to four years-old evacuate the house and settle at the temporary council-run evacuation centre at the Civic Centre.
They carried mattresses and porta cots through flood water to use at the centre.
The timing of the flood could not be worse for the family. While the flood was unfolding, Megan's husband was in Gympie Hospital being treated for diabetes.
Megan said he checked himself out yesterday morning and returned to the house to help.
The large house, which is divided into two flats, lost power at 4.30am yesterday.
Megan said she and one of her daughters who lived in the other flat, had both lost outdoor possessions and whitegoods.
The floors and the bottoms of furniture are sitting in water. Despite the damage, Megan is grateful for her family's safety.
"It's devastating, but it's not the end of the world," she said. "Really, possessions mean nothing and I'm sure there's worse, people who have lost family members.
Megan said she and her husband would go to the evacuation centre that afternoon, but would return to the house at night to check on the pets.