HEIGHT OF PAIN: Laura Child with the flood mark on the wall of her house in Helen Street, South Golden Beach. The levee beside
HEIGHT OF PAIN: Laura Child with the flood mark on the wall of her house in Helen Street, South Golden Beach. The levee beside

Everything we owned now rubbish

By ALEX EASTON

THE history of Ocean Shores has always been written on the walls of Roger and Laura Child's sprawling New Brighton villa, but rarely so literally.

The couple said their South Golden Beach home of 26 years was the region's country club in the 1960s, and was used as a base by American developers selling blocks on the estate.

The developers and their mates would cause uproar by parking aeroplanes outside the house after landing on the beach.

The house had also seen its share of floods since the Childs moved in. The worst of those, until now, was the legendary 1987 Mother's Day flood.

Last week's flood was at least double the size of that one.

The record of the flood is written plainly on the walls of the house ? a thin coating of debris rising nearly a metre.

It lies just as plainly along the nature strips of Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden Beach, in piles of waterlogged furniture, electronics and carpet.

"We had everything we owned in this home. Now we have nothing," Mrs Child said. "We had boxes of books that my children grew up with. Now it's rubbish."

Also among the flood's casualties was Mr Child's 1954 Morris ute, which he had spent the past nine years restoring, and the couple's Ford Falcon.

Yesterday, lying under the car, Mr Child said a new engine may save it; but the Falcon was lost.

Mr and Mrs Child did not know if their insurance would cover the damage. Either way, they wanted to leave.

"I can't go through this again," Mrs Child said.



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