David and Shaelene Kucks at the mud-caked entrance to their Theodore home in January.
David and Shaelene Kucks at the mud-caked entrance to their Theodore home in January. Russel Guse

Flood-hit family back in home soon

After months of waiting for repairs to his flood-ravaged home, David Kucks can see a light at the end of the tunnel – and he will soon be moving back in.

On January 7 David and his family returned to their Theodore home after the record December deluge to find it a muddy mess: furniture saturated, and the carpets sodden.

The kitchen cupboards were warped and the murky Dawson left its mess behind in the bathroom.

David and his family – wife Shaelene and children Ashley, Nikaela, Joshua and Timothy – have spent the past five months living on a friend’s property 28km from town.

The school groundsman was one of the lucky ones – he was insured with Suncorp, which paid up.

But with all the reconstruction needed across the state, work was slow to start.

“I was beginning to think nothing would ever happen,” David said.

Work finally started in early April and the home he has lived in for 23 years was repainted inside and out, some walls were taken out, others were added and the front door was put in a different spot.

The finishing touches are being worked on now with the kitchen to be installed this week, and new flooring to be laid in coming weeks.

A delighted David said he hoped to be able to move in within three weeks.

“There is a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

“It will be fantastic to come home.

“I’m rather excited that it’s been done.

“You wouldn’t know the old joint.”

David said he was devastated when he saw the damage caused by the flood. He also found the clean-up and wait for repairs heartbreaking.

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, to walk away from my home,” he said.

“It’s a hell of a thing to be kicked out of your own home.”



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