SES volonteers Carmen Wells and Terry Collins with rescued family, from left, Keturah Grech, Caleb Winbye (10) holding Rex his dog, and friends Ruby Scott (7) and Ben Scott (9) from Bungawalbin. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star
SES volonteers Carmen Wells and Terry Collins with rescued family, from left, Keturah Grech, Caleb Winbye (10) holding Rex his dog, and friends Ruby Scott (7) and Ben Scott (9) from Bungawalbin. Photo Mireille Merlet-Shaw / The Northern Star Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Mum, four kids and pup rescued from floodwaters

A MOTHER, four children and a puppy had a crazy day yesterday after they needed to be evacuated via boat from a flood-bound property near Coraki.

Keturah Grech and her two children had just recovered from being flooded in at their Bungalwalbyn home for the past two weeks when they were caught unaware by the rising floodwaters late Saturday night.

Ms Grech was also babysitting her friend Cathy Gregg's two children and then could not get them home.

Ms Grech knew that once she was flooded in like this it would take a week or more until they would be able to get back to town, and with sickness plaguing the house and the lack of food stocks, they knew they had to get out.

"We couldn't get (the kids) back, and I've been crook as a dog; I had to go to see a doctor anyway," Ms Grech said.

She said they had the chance to be boated out by a friend but due to the rapidly moving water, Ms Grech felt that wasn't the safest option to take.

"Our landlord could have boated us out, but it was too dangerous and there wasn't enough life jackets," Ms Grech said.

On a desperate mission to get her children back to her, Ms Gregg went to the Coraki SES and was pleased to find they were happy to get a boat to Ms Grech's house to rescue Ms Grech, the four children and Ms Grech's beloved puppy.

By 2.45pm, Ms Gregg had her two children back in her arms, and Ms Grech, her two children and the pup were back on dry land.

They praised the Coraki SES for their help in such a sticky situation.

They said they couldn't believe the rescuers were kind enough to not only come to their aid but to also allow them to take Ms Grech's puppy too.

"I couldn't leave him there - I would have stayed with him," Ms Grech said.

The six people (and the dog) will be staying on at Ms Gregg's Coraki home until it is safe for Ms Grech and her children to get back to their own home - however long that may be, she said.



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