Bundy's own ghost town after flood levels drop

Liberty Villas resident Paddy Peckover is determined to battle on despite losing almost everything to the flood.
Liberty Villas resident Paddy Peckover is determined to battle on despite losing almost everything to the flood. Max Fleet

ALTHOUGH the retirement village where he lives looks more like a ghost town these days, Paddy Peckover is determined not to move out of his villa.

Mr Peckover, 79, said he went through Cyclone Tracy, so living through the January flood was a breeze.

"I lost my house in Tracy," he said.

Mr Peckover, who lives in the Liberty Villas retirement village, said the water from the floods went right through everything.

"We got wiped out," he said.

Mr Peckover said the problem for the village was that there were several big stormwater drains nearby that had backed up and flooded it.

There are 124 units in the complex, and Mr Peckover said everybody living in them had to be taken out by boat on the Monday after the flood started.

Mr Peckover said about 20 people had moved back into their units.

While he lost all his furniture except for a microwave, which was on a high shelf, Mr Peckover said he was making do with some furniture he had been given.

"They managed to get the power and water back on," he said.

"I've got a fridge, a table and a chest of drawers.

Yesterday the RSL gave Mr Peckover a washing machine.

"They're going to have to redo all the floors and take some walls out," he said.

Mr Peckover said he thought quite a few of the residents would not go back to their units.

"Some of them are old and feeble," he said.

Liberty Villas manager Darren Ey said he estimated it would be two to four months before repairs were completed.

Mr Ey said items such as kitchen cupboards and floor coverings would have to be replaced in all the units.


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