Dan Williams’ vintage car and bikes – believed to be among the only models in Australia – were restored almost a year after the floods. Photo: Tara Miko
Dan Williams’ vintage car and bikes – believed to be among the only models in Australia – were restored almost a year after the floods. Photo: Tara Miko

Flood changes his thinking

AS it got darker, the water got deeper.

I put everything up in the house that I thought the water would get to, but it kept coming higher and higher so I went and stayed next door with my mate Nev.

We had a few beers and that's when we stood the fridge on the four (soft drink) cans.

Because the house is not reparable inside, we're building a new house up the back of the block.

This time, I moved all my bikes and cars to Andrews Rd because I will never take another chance with the floods.

I should never lose anything ever again because I have had this experience with the flood, and now, you could say, I'm experienced and educated about floods and I know there is nothing you can do about it or to stop it.

I had two tiles left to grout and then the floods hit and destroyed everything.

In a personal sense, it changed my life completely.

I used to work every day, 10 hours a day, but since the flood I'm not that interested in work anymore.

We're part of the community, we're part of the workforce.

We just want to keep Emerald going.

One day I'll leave Emerald but I've been here for 20 years and it's a fine place to live.

There are a lot of fine people there.

- Dan Williams


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