Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Precious Photo Albums Survive Torrent of Water; Karyn Is Left with Massive Clean-Up

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Precious Photo Albums Survive Torrent of Water; Karyn Is Left with Massive Clean-Up

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Byline: Tara Miko, tara.miko@cqnews.com.au

HER photo albums survived the chest-high torrent of water that wiped out almost everything in its path.

But that's about it.

Entering her home on Monday, Karyn Whyte faced what so many people in Emerald are facing: utter destruction, chaos, and rebuilding their lives from the ground up.

aI've had my cry and now we've just got to get on with it,a Karyn said.

aThe photo albums are OK, so that's a small saving grace, I guess.a

Karyn's home on Waldby Court is just up from Riverview Street a the first to be engulfed by the raging waters of the Nogoa River a and was one of the last to gain access.

When she finally walked through her front door on Monday morning, after forcing it from its swollen timber frame, the house was unrecognisable.

aWe put stuff up higher than last time (in 2008), but it still wasn't enough,a she said. …

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