AFTER THE FLOOD: Crime Scene Officer Sloane Hamilton collects evidence from the Goonellabah house
AFTER THE FLOOD: Crime Scene Officer Sloane Hamilton collects evidence from the Goonellabah house

House flooded by vandals in orgy of destruction

By ADAM HICKS

A McLEANS Ridges man found his twostorey investment house drowning.

Water was streaming down the outside of the back wall, there were pools in the kitchen, and water on the upper level had drained through the floor to the rooms below.

After vandals had broken into the empty Goonellabah house they turned on the taps, clogged the drains, and left it flooded for days.

The owner, who did not want to be named, arrived on Tuesday to find at least $20,000 damage to the house. Upstairs, new carpet was sodden. Ruined.

Masonite on the kitchen floor was buckled and swollen, and paint had run on the wall where domestic cleaner had been sprayed.

Downstairs had been hit with a deluge from the upper storey.

Much of the plasterboard ceiling lay in soggy piles and the kitchen was damaged beyond repair.

The back door did not need a key.

"The door was left slightly ajar from where they'd jemmied it," he said. "I pushed it open and saw the ceiling on the floor.

"At first I thought a pipe had burst. It looked like it was raining from the floor above. Heavy rain.

"If I'd stood there I would've been soaked in seconds."

The unknown person/s had detached waste water pipes from basins.

They had ripped curtains from the wall to plug drains.

The six-bedroom, three-bathroom, twokitchen and two-laundry house, relocated from the KFC site in Ballina Street, Lismore, was insured.

The owner bought it 18 months ago as a rental. The tenants had moved out six months ago and the self-employed electri- cian then renovated the house to sell it.

He said it would be months before it would be ready to sell.



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