Luscombe mother Helen Gallo with her children Zander, 11, and Sienna, 8, whose home washed away in the floods. They clung to the roof for more than three hours before SES were able to get to them. Picture: Glenn Hampson
Luscombe mother Helen Gallo with her children Zander, 11, and Sienna, 8, whose home washed away in the floods. They clung to the roof for more than three hours before SES were able to get to them. Picture: Glenn Hampson

Defying Debbie: Mum stays positive despite home floating away

FOR decades Helen Gallo dreamed about owning her own acreage property.

Within minutes last month that goal floated away before her eyes.

As severe weather lashed the Gold Coast Ms Gallo's Luscombe home was ripped from its foundations and dragged down raging flood waters.

Ms Gallo, her two children Zander, 11, and Sienna, 8, and her father-in-law were rescued by State Emergency Services from the roof of the two-storey house as it floated down the swollen Albert River.

"My main thing was making sure my kids were OK," she said.

"That's what I was focusing on - being a rock for my kids.

"It (the pain) will always be there ... but I'm trying to move forward and be positive that we've still got our lives and we're still here."

The family is one of thousands North Queensland, south east Queensland and Northern NSW affected by the devastation of Cyclone Debbie.

Now you can do your part to help by securing a copy of our special souvenir publication, Defying Debbie.

Produced by News Regional Media, with the support of Suncorp, the 132-page gloss book follows Debbie's trail of destruction from Bowen to Lismore.

The Gallo family and their two dogs were rescued by boat minutes before the entire house was washed away. The house was filmed floating down the Albert River in Luscombe. Photo: Nine News
It features stories of defiance, hope and local heroes, and costs $7.50.

Proceeds of sales will be going to the official recovery effort and will be donated to Australian charity GIVIT, which is delivering support to people in need in both states.

To help the cause make sure you purchase your copy of Defying Debbie at participating newsagents or by calling 1300 361 604 to order direct over the phone (open between 8am-5pm Monday to Friday). Please note a $4 postage fee applies for phone orders.

News Corp Australia


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