Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Strangers Pitch in to Help

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Strangers Pitch in to Help

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Beth Young

Reporter

THE two burly blokes lug a saturated armchair out on to the front lawn.

Martin Ridgway rents the one-storey home on Alexander St in Boyne Island.

He invites The Observer inside.

The carpetas soaked through.

aKeep your shoes on,a Martin jokes.

A mark about a metre up the lounge room wall shows how high the water went.

aIt came up just under the beds.

a(We) havenat had a good time to assess the damage,a Martin says.

Still, he has no doubt the fridge and freezer are gone, as are the power tools out in the shed.

But Martinas partner Lisa reckons some positives have come from all this flooding.

So many people, some strangers, have been over to lend a hand.

The bloke who was helping Martin move the lounge is just one.

It looks like heas a family friend.

But when he goes to leave Martin runs to the front door.

aI donat even know your name!a he yells out.

aItas been great,a Lisa adds.

She speaks of another neighbour who baked muffins for the street. …

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