John and Carol Ferguson have returned to their Dundas St home. Photo: Simon Green
John and Carol Ferguson have returned to their Dundas St home. Photo: Simon Green

Fergusons return after 11 months

JOHN and Carol Ferguson were camped at Country Women's Association when their Dundas St home of 34 years was inundated by 1.5m of murky floodwaters.

In 34 years, they have seen four floods over their road and another two that made it into their home - 2008 and 2010.

"We've only just got back in so there is still a lot of stuff to sift through. It's a long process," John said.

"They say a flood is worse than a fire because in a flood all the damage remains for you to clean and get rid off. We recovered as much as we could."

The couple, along with their dog, camped in the house following the floods until May, when the builders were able to get inside.

"That was probably a bad idea because we all got a bit sick due to the mould, even the dog wasn't well," John said.

"We then stayed in some cabins in Emerald for a while and then moved to Capella with our son.

"We were there for a couple of months which was actually quite nice because they had just had a new baby and we got to spend time with the grandchild."

After 11 months, the Fergusons moved back into their now faultless home in mid-November, and John couldn't speak more highly of his insurers, Suncorp.

"Once Suncorp got involved it's all been on the up since then," he said.

"They were absolutely fantastic, tremendous."


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