Amber and Russell Keys
FIO02 queensland

Goodna, Queensland
January 2011

Amber and Russell Keys outside their flooded house on Brisbane Terrace in Goodna.

"We moved things upstairs hoping the flood wouldn't go that high. Within two hours the street was an island and no one was able to get their cars out. The amount of water was amazing. It couldn't flow fast enough, it was like it was washing away the whole town. At the peak of the flood only the tip of the roof on my two-storey house was out of the water. It's a shock. Everything on the inside of my house has gone. It was very distressing to see the reactions of my wife and children. Even when it rains now, my two-year-old daughter climbs onto the couch and is worried about the house being flooded. It's just possessions in the end, but what hurts the most is the loss of photos that you can't get back. It's not until you lose everything that you realize how much you have."

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