Card­well cou­ple lives among tarps in del­uge

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

CARD­WELL cou­ple Molly and Archie Dunn lost win­dows, bits of wall and ev­ery stick of fur­ni­ture bar a bed and ta­ble when Cy­clone Yasi hit last month.

Since then they’ve been liv­ing in the down­stairs garage, sur­rounded by tar­pau­lins af­ford­ing flimsy pro­tec­tion against the delug e now swamp­ing the North Queens­land town.

‘‘ We’re dodg­ing the leaks. We are get­ting a bit sick of it,’’ Mr Dunn, 84, said yes­ter­day.

But as his 72-year-old wife says: ‘‘ You just get on with it, don’t you. You don’t get bored, that’s for sure.’’

Wed­nes­day’s big job was dig­ging drains around the perime­ter of their home to help pro­tect their tem­po­rary down­stairs digs.

‘‘ I had to put big drains around ev­ery­where for the wa­ter be­cause with­out the gut­ter­ing it’s com­ing off the house like a wa­ter­fall,’’ Mrs Dunn said.

Yes­ter­day, the rain was still fall­ing.

‘‘ It’s been pretty hard,’’ Mrs Dunn says. ‘ ‘ But t here’s other peo­ple worse off. At least we’ve got a dry floor.’’

She hopes the patch­work quilt of plas­tic and tarps on walls will hold as the rain keeps fall­ing.

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