Cardwell couple lives among tarps in deluge
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.