Flood ruins Jamie Miller's family home at Kabra property

CLEAN UP: Son Aaron and dad Jamie Miller pick up a couple of doonas left strewn across their property after the flood at Kabra. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
CLEAN UP: Son Aaron and dad Jamie Miller pick up a couple of doonas left strewn across their property after the flood at Kabra. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

THURSDAY'S torrential rain washed out Jamie Miller's family home - their caravan.

 

Now Jamie, his wife, Caroline, and his four children are homeless after flood waters swamped their caravan and scattered their belongings around their Kabra property.

Luckily Jamie, who was trapped in their caravan on Thursday night, escaped the flood's wrath and bunkered up inside a storage container for 12 hours.

"The rain came down hard, I was in our caravan on my own," he said.

"I rang my wife, who was driving home, and told her to turn around and not to drive here because the creek near our property had come right up to our caravan.

"The water started seeping into our caravan so I got up and quickly ran to our storage container, which had all our furniture stored, and slept in there for the night.

"I hardly got any sleep ... my wife and our four kids slept at a mate's place in Gracemere.

"I was dreading the morning after."

Now the family are left with basically nothing.

 

SWEEPING MESS: The aftermath at Jamie Miller's property. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
SWEEPING MESS: The aftermath at Jamie Miller's property. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

They managed to salvage a couple of items, including blankets, fans, chairs and their fridge but their caravan has been ruined by flood water.

 

"Thankfully the floodwater did not slip into our storage container, which is holding the rest of our furniture."

Jamie and Caroline bought a piece of land in Kabra about six months ago with plans to build a temporary shed to live in.

The land lies about 20m from Middle Creek.

Three days before Cyclone Oswald ripped through the region, a builder laid a concrete slab on their property to accommodate a custom-built shed they were having delivered on Thursday.

However, the flood water damaged the concrete slab.

 

Jamie told The Morning Bulletin he and Caroline asked the builder who laid the slab to raise their land by 600mm with extra dirt.

 

However, the builder raised the land by only 400mm.

"The slab would have been fine if the builder listened to us," he said.



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