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A fresh start for Grantham couple

Tom and Sandra Friend are excited to be moving into their newly-built home after their former home was destroyed in the Grantham flood.
Tom and Sandra Friend are excited to be moving into their newly-built home after their former home was destroyed in the Grantham flood. Nev Madsen

TOM and Sandra Friend have endured sleepless nights every time it has rained since their Grantham home was destroyed in January's flood.

But their restlessness has not come from fear of another inundation, but rather the percussive pounding of precipitation on the tin shed they have been living in for the past 11 months.

Their toil and patience will be rewarded tomorrow when they move from the shed, across the yard and into their newly-built home.

It will be milestone for Mr and Mrs Friend, who had about 1.5 metres of floodwater through their family home on January 10.

Despite the devastation caused, the flood did not dissuade the Friends from rebuilding directly on the site of their former home.

"It was just a one-off thing," Mr Friend said.

"The creek is now cleaned right out."

He said he had received a lot of help from friends, and even some of the former football players he had worked with in his 30-odd years as a junior coach in the Toowoomba Rugby League.

"We are just lucky that we have a lot of friends."

Mr Friend said as far as he knew, he and his wife were the first people who had lost their home in the Grantham flood to be able to move into a rebuilt home.

"After the flood, our insurance assessor condemned it (the old home).

"Then the insurance (company) paid up really quickly and the builders were able to get to work."

Mrs Friend said she was excited about getting into the new home.

"It will give me something to do," Mrs Friend said.

"The shed is pretty boring."

Despite having the option to be in their home for Christmas, Mr Friend said he and his wife planned to travel to New Zealand to spend the festive season with his National Rugby League player son Nathan and his family.

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