Ben Walsh, 17, was left to prepare the family home for the coming flood as his parents are at sea on a P&O; cruise.
Ben Walsh, 17, was left to prepare the family home for the coming flood as his parents are at sea on a P&O; cruise. Photo Chris Ison

Ben's under control as flood nears

BEN Walsh's parents are out cruising the Pacific Ocean and soon it'll feel like he's doing the same.

The Walsh home is situated in the flood-stricken area of Depot Hill on Rockhampton's southside and with the rising Fitzroy River expected to reach 9.5m, Ben's home will soon resemble a ship surrounded by an ocean of water.

The water is currently over the gutter and gradually making its way up his front lawn. However, by the time it reaches its peak mid-next week Ben expects it to cover the home's top step.

Home on his own after his parents ventured off on a cruise, Ben said he was less worried than his mum about the situation.

For the past two days, the 17-year-old has had the difficult task of moving his entire family's possessions upstairs and out of the water's reach.

“I've got it under control. My uncle came straight around and has been giving me a hand and I've got a few mates helping out,” he said.

Along with the support from his extended family and friends, Ben has received a helping hand from a number of nearby residents, friends and family.

Like many residents in the area Ben is overwhelmed with the support he's been offered.

“It's great what people are doing for each other,” he said.

“I've had a lot of people ringing me up to see if everything's OK and to see if I need help with anything. We're going pretty good though. It's nearly done.”

Ben has been in frequent contact with his mother and father who are on a P&O cruise of the Pacific Ocean, and has reassured them he's prepared for the worst.

“They didn't think it was going to be like this,” Ben said. “I told mum not to stress and just have a good time on the cruise, but I don't think she can.”



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