Jan Thomson and Wally Barrett look over their flooded front yard at Bouldercombe yesterday.
Jan Thomson and Wally Barrett look over their flooded front yard at Bouldercombe yesterday. Kieran Campbell KC

Rain gives Jan and Wally a moat

WHEN Jan Thomson and Wally Barrett built their home south of Rockhampton six years ago they never anticipated water views.

But more than 125mm of rain over the last few days has left their Bouldercombe home swamped.

A moat of water surrounded their home, up to 2.5 metres deep in some places.

Wally said what was usually a dry creek bed filled up quickly yesterday morning after a large downfall overnight Tuesday.

“We’ve lived here for six years and it’s filled up plenty of times,” Jan said.

“It’s like our own little moat.”

When they built the home, the couple also built a bridge from their driveway over the dry creek bed.

Using scrap material from Gracemere, Wally said the bridge was their only way out of their home during heavy rainfall.

The moat around the couple’s home extends right to their back boundary and cuts them off on both sides.

Jan said she was settling into a couple of “movie days” with the wet weather expected to stick around.

The paddocks around Bouldercombe were looking green yesterday after months of being dry.



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