Grant Cox packs up his house in Depot Hill before the floodwaters rise. The big wet - post Oswald Fitzroy River in flood. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Grant Cox packs up his house in Depot Hill before the floodwaters rise. The big wet - post Oswald Fitzroy River in flood. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK300113sdepot2

Fourth flood the final straw for Depot Hill's Grant Cox

DEPOT Hill resident Grant Cox says this is the final straw after being caught again in a Rockhampton flood.

Mr Cox originally lived in Charters Towers and moved to Rockhampton for work just a week before the 2011 flooding.

Yesterday as the level of the Fitzroy River rose ahead of tomorrow night's anticipated 8.5m peak, he said he wasn't given a lot of warning when purchasing the Depot Hill house.

"I got told this area flooded every 20 years or so but this is the fourth flood I've been in since I've lived here," Mr Cox said.

He is considering relocating somewhere out of Central Queensland.

"I am thinking of going back to Charters Towers," he said.

"I can't take this much more, it's not worth it."

 

For other residents of the Depot Hill area like Eric Dare this is the ninth time he has experienced a flood.

 

Mr Dare said he had lived in the area for 34 years now.

"The worst flood I've seen was back in 1991," he said.

"My business partner Kerry Fehlhaber and I went around house to house giving out bread and milk in that flood; that's how bad it was."

Mr Dare said although he'd seen a lot worse he felt for the people who had lost everything.

"Here we go again is the mood of the neighbourhood at the moment," he said.

"People are just doing what they always do in the time of a flood, being prepared and waiting it out."



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