MURKY BIRTHDAY: Depot Hill's Grant Cox celebrated his birthday watching dirty, murky floodwaters flow around his East St home.
MURKY BIRTHDAY: Depot Hill's Grant Cox celebrated his birthday watching dirty, murky floodwaters flow around his East St home. Austin King ROK

Dirty, murky waters don't hamper Grant Cox's birthday

MANY people dream of waking up to pristine, turquoise waters and a water feature synonymous with paradise on their birthday.

It wasn't quite the sight for Depot Hill's Grant Cox yesterday on his special day.

Everything outside his East St home was brown, murky and knee-deep.

He, along with neighbours, were enjoying the clear Rockhampton skies while the water rose beneath them.

Yesterday's level peaked at 8.4m. Early this morning that peak was set to be topped by a maximum of 8.5m at 3am.

Although most of the debris was hidden by floodwater, Grant's backyard, front lawn and lower level was under water.

A pile of timber and other bits and pieces were strewn across his backyard, where floodwater hadn't ventured yet.

His 4WD sat in the middle of East St, ready to attack the floodwater in case water levels rose even more.

"I'm a bit more prepared this time," he said.

"When the 2011 flood hit, I had moved in about a week beforehand.

"There is nowhere near as much water as last time. We get a lot of spectators down here . . . stay away unless you're going to help us out."



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