Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Home and Dry after 17 Nights at Centre; Flood Family's Epic Stay at Showground

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Home and Dry after 17 Nights at Centre; Flood Family's Epic Stay at Showground

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NIKO Mamea is grateful for the help his large extended family got at Ipswich Showground, but after nearly three weeks it's time to go home.

They will move into a temporary home the Red Cross helped him find, as the evacuation centre at the showground closed yesterday.

C[pounds sterling]We live in Parker Street in Goodna. We had to get out on Tuesday night,C[yen] Mr Mamea said.

C[pounds sterling]We were shocked the water would go that high. We put the furniture about one metre higher then got out.

C[pounds sterling]We went back the next day and all the streets were cut off and looking over, it was just water; we couldn't see the roof.

C[pounds sterling]It was a big shock.C[yen]

He said he and his wife Lesina moved to Goodna from Sydney three years ago, and they had five children.

Mr Mamea said the police in Goodna told him the evacuation centre, at its peak, fed 600 displaced people.

C[pounds sterling]In here we have been well looked after by people from all over the place Co Perth, Sydney, Los Angeles, Queensland,C[yen] he said. …

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