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Biloela family starts to pick up pieces after flooding

IN THE aftermath of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, the Winnett family is one of many households in Central Queensland reeling from the destruction of its property.

Belinda and Jason Winnett live on Bailey's Lane on the southern outskirts of Biloela with their children.

They were taken by surprise when their house was inundated with water after the Kroombit Creek burst its banks on Saturday afternoon.

"We didn't know it was coming," Mrs Winnett said.

Although the Winnetts could leave their home safely to stay at a friend's house, Mrs Winnett said the kids were left sitting on a table next door while they did a quick run around the house moving things higher.

There was about 20cm of water throughout the house, which caused severe damage to cupboards, flooring and lounge chairs, as well as a layer of mud.

The bore pumps were also badly affected.

The house landline was down by Friday lunchtime and mobile service and internet went out soon after for a few days and on and off 22 hours after that.

After taking photos of the damage for insurance purposes, the clean-up started, with friends pitching in to help make their home liveable again.

"It's bad enough to have any time out of the place," Mrs Winnett said of wanting to return as soon as possible.

She said the main problems during the flood were caused by a low lying area in front of their house that they hope the council will now look at.


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