Lachlan Hill, 9, of Tabulam, helps clean one of the houses in Tabulam that was flooded with more than a metre of water from the Clarence River on Tuesday afternoon.
Lachlan Hill, 9, of Tabulam, helps clean one of the houses in Tabulam that was flooded with more than a metre of water from the Clarence River on Tuesday afternoon. Jay Cronan

Families return to ruins

IT’S a scene that has filled television screens across the nation – families entering their homes after raging flood waters have swept through, attempting to find what has been spared.

That’s what Ann and John Welsh were doing yesterday in the family’s home in Tabulam.

A metre of flood water filled the Court Street home late Tuesday , covering everything in sight with silt.

Members of the community and family rallied at the house yesterday to offer assistance wherever they could.

Son Shaun Welsh said his mother was “devastated” by the loss.

“We weren’t expecting it but, when it did come, it came so fast.

“It was hard to save anything but mum got some photos and personal things out.

“We had a couple of hours but, in the end, it was difficult to do anything.”

The family has to find temporary accommodation as the house is inhabitable. Most of the contents were destroyed.

“We can replace most of this stuff but we have all seen the images from Toowoomba and you can’t replace people,” Mr Welsh said.



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