Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Floods Have Taken Away Opportunity for Earning; Robert's Hoping for a Bit of Help

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Floods Have Taken Away Opportunity for Earning; Robert's Hoping for a Bit of Help

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

ROBERT Griffiths' life has been turned upside down by the rampaging Fitzroy River.

Forced to flee the home he shares with his daughter, Catherine, and her children, he waited patiently yesterday to find out if he was entitled to anything from Centrelink to soften the blow.

aI'm a pensioner but I was able to earn a little bit extra. Now that opportunity has gone because of the flood,a he said as he filled out a claim form.

The family quit their home in Peter Street, Berserker, on Sunday when power was cut.

aAt that stage the water was a few millimetres away from washing into the house. It will be through the house now, but hopefully not too much. We placed our things as high as we could before we left.a

He's one of hundreds of Rockhampton people whose earning capacity has been cut because of the disruption to transport and business activity. …

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