Bronwyn Bridges home was damaged by flash flooding during cyclone Marcia. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Bronwyn Bridges home was damaged by flash flooding during cyclone Marcia. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Bronwyn begs council: ‘Just be human, someone is in trauma’

AS WATER rose towards Bronwyn Bridges' home and began ripping up chunks of her land, she huddled in her bathroom and waited for it to be over.

She's one of many residents whose home was badly damaged by Cyclone Marcia, but she may be one of the few not blaming it.

Tomorrow she is holding a meeting with other residents with homes built on a drainage easement in Frenchville to discuss their ongoing issues.

She says her home never should have been built there in the first place, and apparently engineers from her insurance company agree.

She has also extended invitations to councillors, the mayor and deputy mayor, as well as local MPs Bill Byrne and Brittany Lauga.

Federal MP Michelle Landry is meeting with Bronwyn separately.

"What I want is for people to behave as human beings," she said of the meeting.

"Don't be a politician and a council member, just be a human that can connect to what's happened here on a human level… see someone is in a trauma."

After the cyclone Bronwyn contacted her insurers and, after viewing photos of the damage, they told her to leave immediately as it wasn't safe.

She has been living at her parents' house ever since, which she said is "beyond inconvenient".

Bronwyn said her home was now unsafe.

"I will never live there again, never ever," she said.

"With a good conscience I couldn't rent it either, I couldn't put anybody in that home."

Bronwyn Bridges home was damaged by flash flooding during cyclone Marcia. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Bronwyn Bridges home was damaged by flash flooding during cyclone Marcia. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Bronwyn's house also suffered damage after Cyclone Oswald in 2013, with water from Mt Archer flowing into her yard.

This time she's lost huge chunks of her land, many of which ended up in her neighbour's pool.

"It was terrifying to look out my window," she said of the cyclone.

"I noticed all my land coming away and all my (outdoor) furniture falling into the creek that was raging.

"I came out in the eye to see what happened; I almost had an absolute heart attack."

She said the home never should have been built so close to a drainage easement, as her land floods every time there is a significant rain event.

"Someone needs to step up and say, 'You know what, this isn't right'," Bronwyn said.

"We've taken rates from this lady, subdivided the land, somebody has approved it, somebody built it and put homes completely in harm's way, and we need this to be fixed."

Meeting details

THE meeting will be held at 9am tomorrow in the cul-de-sac on Menkin Place, Frenchville.



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